A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
What is a bridge?
Missing one or more teeth? A bridge provides a way to use the existing teeth to fill the area left vacant. It anchors a prosthetic tooth into the gap with two adjacent teeth to establish symmetry and create a natural-looking appearance. Typically, a crown is needed to provide the anchor required to cement a bridge in place.
Why is a bridge necessary?
Gaps left in your mouth can often cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the empty spaces. It is common to have this then affect your bite, or lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
How many appointments are needed for a dental bridge?
A dental bridge requires a minimum of two appointments to complete.
Are there different types of bridges?
Yes, there are different types of dental bridges depending on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth) and your overall dental health condition.
- Traditional bridges: Used when natural teeth are in place on each side of the missing tooth gap.
- Implant bridges: Used when not enough healthy teeth or enough teeth to support the bridge. Anchors into dental implants.
- Resin-bonded bridges: Used when the missing teeth are at the front of your mouth. This involves fusing together artificial teeth to metal bands and cemented to the back of your natural teeth.
- Cantilever bridges: Used when healthy teeth are on only one side of the gap. Anchors the artificial tooth over one or more of your natural adjacent teeth.
How long will a bridge last?
If you take good care of your bridge, you can expect 30 or more years out of it. Always make sure to brush and floss every day and maintain regular dental visits and cleanings.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association.