Dental Bridge: A Solution for A Missing Tooth
Dental bridges are used to repair a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. A bridge is made up of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns (caps) on the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or by dental implants and are often used to restore your smile’s appearance, improve the way you chew and/or speak, prevent the rest of your teeth from drifting or crowding, reinforce your bite, prevent bone density loss and maintain overall oral health.
How Dental Bridges Work
Tsawwassen dentist, Dr. Jan Roberts, will begin with a thorough exam to determine if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. At your first dental bridge appointment, Dr. Roberts will prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap by recontouring and by removing a portion of tooth enamel so that there is room for a dental crown to be placed over them. An impression is then taken of your teeth, which serves as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by our dental lab. Dr. Roberts will then make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
At your next visit at our South Delta, BC dental office, Dr. Roberts will remove your temporary bridge and your new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, Dr. Roberts may temporarily cement it into place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is cemented into place.
Dental bridges are long-lasting, conservative and an affordable restoration for addressing missing teeth. Many dental insurance plans pay a percentage of the fee depending on your individual dental plan. We are proudly serving the Tsawwassen and South Delta, BC communities. We invite you to contact our team to learn more and to determine if a dental bridges can help you smile with confidence again.