Dentist in Banff Offers Fixed Bridges
For one, two, or several teeth that have gone missing in a row, a fixed bridge can provide a fast, effective solution. Completed in two visits to the dentist at Banff Family Dentistry, Dr. Fauzia Sajjad restore your ability to eat and speak with ease while preventing many of the negative long-term side effects of tooth loss.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A fixed bridge is made up of three or more dental crowns affixed to each other. With sturdy crowns placed over the two natural teeth (abutments) surrounding the empty space, prosthetic teeth (pontics) fill in the space in between. The fixed bridge can only be removed with special tools by your dentist.
Bridges can be crafted from a number of materials, including all-ceramic, porcelain fused-to-metal, gold, metal alloys, and zirconium. Your dentist can help you decide which may be best for your smile given the location of the missing teeth, your personal preference, and your budget. Porcelain, ceramic, or zirconium closely match the shade of your natural teeth and are usually preferred for replacing the teeth that show when you smile
How Is a Dental Bridge Applied?
Placing a dental bridge takes place over two visits to the dentist, appointments that are separated by one to two weeks. During the first appointment, the teeth that will support the bridge are reshaped to accommodate the crowns. (Local anesthesia is available for your total comfort during both appointments.) Impressions, x-rays, and photographs are taken of the area, and the restoration is expertly crafted according to your precise measurements in the time between appointments.
Temporary crowns will cover the two prepared teeth in the meantime. Take special care when eating with these temporary restorations, as they are unable to withstand as much force as your natural teeth. Try to limit chewing to the other side of your mouth until your permanent bridge has been placed.
When you return to our office for the placement of your bridge, we remove the temporary crowns and check to make sure your bridge will fit and function properly. The dental bridge is bonded onto the abutment teeth using sturdy cement.
Caring for a Dental Bridge
When cared for properly, your dental bridge can be expected to last for many years. Keep in mind, however, that no dental restoration will last forever. If you notice your bridge beginning to loosen or become uncomfortable, please get in touch with our office immediately.
Take care of your bridge the same way as you care for your natural teeth, brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and attending regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist. While you clean, concentrate on the area at the base of your bridge to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Floss carefully to avoid yanking on the restoration.