Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s anything other than it is – a dental bridge is simply a dental device that serves as a bridge between teeth to help close the gap that’s been caused as a result of a missing tooth.
A dental bridge is placed on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth with a prosthetic tooth used in between to fill the gap. The bridge is important because it will help restore more than your ability to chew – it will also help maintain the shape of your face since a missing tooth, or teeth, can lead to a collapse of facial muscles.
There are three types of bridges that a dentist can use to restore functionality: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges, with traditional bridges being the most common. Cantilever bridges cannot be used in the back of mouths, so they are becoming less common in use. Maryland bonded bridges consist of a metal or porcelain support. Your dentist will determine which type of bridge is best suited for placement in your mouth.
Regardless of which type of bridge your dentist chooses, you can rest assured that it will last for 15 years or more with proper care and regular check-ups and cleanings. There may be some preliminary work that needs to be completed prior to the placement of your bridge, so the cost of that will need to be factored in as well. Still, a bridge is a one-and-done solution to help you maintain the best possible oral health for a very long time to come!
Because your goal is to keep as many remaining teeth as possible after your dental bridge procedure, you’ll still need to practice the 2:2 rule of oral hygiene which is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time as well as flossing and rinsing with a good oral rinse.
As a multi-specialty dentist, Brooklin Village Dental Care performs countless dental bridge procedures every year in Whitby, and we can help you with your needs too. We have convenient evening and Saturday appointments available.