Dental Bridges in Montreal
A dental bridge is quite common in terms of options for replacing one or more missing teeth. There are four main types of dental bridges such as conventional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported bridges depending on each and everyone’s needs. At Doctor Wisdom, we offer all these types of bridges and will give you the best options available to fit your specific needs.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis,” is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns which are put on top of your natural tooth.
Types of Dental Bridges
A few dental bridges exist for replacing missing teeth such as :
- Traditional dental bridge: This is the most commonly used type of dental bridge. It’s formed of a dental crown adhered to both the surrounding teeth with a fake tooth or pontic in between to fill the space. The main benefit of this type of bridge is its strength as it can withstand more forces. However, it requires modification to both adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth so your natural tooth on each side will be shaved off.
- Cantilever dental bridge: This one is similar to the traditional bridge but only has one anchor tooth. These are not advised for the back teeth as they are not strong enough to support mastication forces.
- Maryland bonded bridge: It uses the same structure as a traditional dental bridge, however instead of using dental crowns as anchors, a metal or porcelain framework is used. These are typically used for congenitally missing front teeth like the laterals. It typically can not and will not be done on posterior teeth since it is not strong enough to withstand mastication forces and may break easily.
- Implant-supported bridge: This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge’s structure but it’s anchored with two dental implants on each side of the space. Because of this, implant-supported bridges do not require adjacent teeth and can be used to span large gaps with multiple missing teeth. They are also known for their strength, durability, and ability to restore normal function as they are the closest thing you can have to a natural tooth.
The Advantages of Dental Bridges
Having a bridge will give you multiple benefits such as :
- Replacing one or more missing teeth
- It can be a good alternative for people who want something fixed and not removable like a partial denture
- It can also be a good alternative for people who are not eligible for dental implants such as smokers or having too much bone loss at the site
- Restoring a natural look to your smile
- Restoring the function such as speaking and eating normally
- Maintaining normal facial structure by preventing bone loss from the jaw at the site of missing teeth
Who is a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
A good candidate for a dental bridge will have one or multiple consecutive missing teeth in one area of the mouth that have either fallen out or have been extracted due to various reasons (tooth decay, failed root canal treatment, trauma, etc.). In most cases, a dental bridge can be used to replace 2 to 3 consecutive teeth. They must also have two strong and healthy teeth on each side of the teeth that are missing for a durable and strong dental bridge. You must also have good general oral hygiene and not require any foreseeable dental work that must be completed before the bridge can be placed.
The Dental Bridge Cost in Montreal
The price of a dental bridge will vary from one person to another depending on how many teeth will need to be replaced and what kind of bridge we need to do.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure of a dental bridge will require two appointments. The first one is for preparing the teeth, the dentist will remove some of the enamel and dentin from the abutment teeth (which are the supporting teeth) to make space for the crowns to go on top. They’ll then place a temporary bridge over those teeth to protect them until the final bridge is placed.
The second appointment is to try on the bridge. If the bridge is adequate, the temporary bridge will be removed and the final bridge will be cemented on the prepared teeth.
The Dental Bridge Recovery
Most patients need about two weeks to fully adjust to their new dental bridge. Some sensitivity can occur for the first few days. It is suggested to avoid very hot or cold foods and/or drinks during that time of adjustment. It is also recommended to use toothpaste for sensitive gums and teeth for the first few days to help diminish pain and/or discomfort.
Maintaining Your Dental Bridge
Maintaining rigorous dental hygiene at home is a must to ensure your dental bridge will last as long as it can. It is also recommended to have regular check-ups and cleaning with your regular dentist to ensure a good follow-up of your dental bridge.
Speak With Your Dentist About Dental Bridges
It is primordial to have an evaluation done beforehand to assess your needs and to decide which option will be most beneficial for you long term. As such, we recommend a full evaluation and consultation to make your final decision. You can book a free consultation appointment at Doctor Wisdom clinic through our phone (514-778-4444), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the form in contact us.
Dental Bridge FAQs
The type of bridge that is best for you will depend on various factors such as which tooth is missing, if there is more than one tooth missing, if it’s an anterior or posterior tooth, how is the health of the adjacent teeth, etc. A full evaluation will need to be done prior to knowing which kind of bridge will be most beneficial for you.
A dental bridge is not painful, but you may feel some sensitivity or discomfort for the first few days and up to a few weeks.
The main alternative to a dental bridge is a removable partial denture.
A dental bridge requires two appointments but you will be left with a temporary bridge in between sessions to avoid any sensitivity and to restore a little bit of function and aesthetic in the meantime.