Are you missing one or more teeth? If so, did you know that not only could this be wreaking havoc in your mouth, but also impacting your overall health?
According to our Montreal dentists, there are several solutions to address the problem of missing teeth. One such solution is a dental bridge.The Montreal dentist stresses that if you have one or more missing teeth or you need to have one or more teeth extracted, you should consult your dentist without delay to discuss the alternatives and determine the solution that is best for you.
Replacing Lost Teeth – Vitally Important!
A dentist’s preference is for you to keep your natural, healthy teeth as long as possible. Sometimes however, teeth are damaged and have to be extracted or become loose and fall out.
It is very important that you get a replacement for a lost tooth as soon as possible. That will prevent the teeth that are remaining in your mouth from getting out of alignment and causing a myriad of other problems.
A dental bridge is one solution to the problem of having one or several missing teeth.
A bridge is similar to dentures and is often called fixed partial dentures. They are placed in your mouth by attaching the false tooth to adjacent teeth with a crown.
As its name suggests, a fixed bridge is permanent. With a little time, it is very likely that you will not even be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the bridge.
Types of Bridges
There are several different types of dental bridges. The two most common are Fixed bridge and Maryland bridge.
Fixed Bridge: With a fixed bridge, crowns are created and bonded over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth.
Maryland Bridge: If you are missing only one tooth and the adjacent teeth are intact, the Maryland Bridge may be a viable option.
Named after the University of Maryland where it was first developed, the Maryland Bridge features a porcelain tooth with two pieces of metal, “wings”. To hold the bridge solidly in place, the wings are bonded to the backs of the teeth on each side of the missing tooth.
Getting Ready for a Bridge
When you are getting ready to have a bridge made for your mouth, the teeth on each side of the missing tooth will be prepared. An impression is then made and sent to the lab to be prepared.
Once the bridge is returned to your dentist, you will return to the office to have the bridge installed.
You can expect a fixed bridge to last for somewhere around 10 years, if it is taken care of properly. A Maryland Bridge is known to have a slightly shorter lifespan.
Are you missing one or more of your teeth or need to have a tooth extracted? Wondering if a bridge may be a viable solution for you? If you are in the area, contact Montreal dentist Dr. Toby De Palma-Chevalier and Dr Miguel Ste-Marie today to make an appointment. We’ve made it easy for you. Simply call us or request your appointment online, today: