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Missing teeth can put a damper on anyone's smile. Patients with missing teeth may feel self-conscious and shy away from laughing, talking or smiling. Dr. Chahal at Calgary Smile Clinic in Calgary, has the experience necessary to restore your missing teeth and give you back your beautiful smile. If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be a solution for you.
A dental bridge, sometimes referred to as a partial denture, is a tooth restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is comprised of two anchoring teeth shells, or dental crowns and a false tooth/teeth in the middle. The false tooth is called a pontic and can be made of a variety of materials such as gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of materials.
The way a dental bridge works is by utilizing the adjacent teeth to place the false tooth in the empty space. The two adjacent teeth form a restoration 'bridge', hence the name.
Bridges not only restore your smile by replacing missing teeth, they also restore functionality allowing you to speak and chew properly.
Aside from talking and chewing, your teeth support your facial structure. In the absence of teeth, you may notice facial features begin to sag. This can cause Calgary patients to look much older than they really are.
When a tooth is missing, your remaining teeth will have a tendency to try and fill that gap and shirt out of space. This will disrupt your smile's proper alignment.
A tooth bridge will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting, and help to keep your facial feautures supported allowing you to look and feel your best!
Permanent Bridge- A permanent bridge is safely bonded to the adjacent teeth and remains in the mouth at all times. You brush and floss like you did before the restoration, only floss will need to be threaded through the dental bridge. A permanent tooth bridge is often more comfortable due to its fixated nature.
Removable Bridge- In some cases, there simply aren't enough teeth in the mouth to allow for the placement of a fixed partial denture. In these cases the options available are a removable partial denture or implants. A removable dental bridge is less expensive than a fixed partial denture, so for financial reasons it may be more appealing.
However, a removable partial denture tends to trap food against the teeth so Calgary patients need to be careful to brush and floss thoroughly to prevent further decay. To keep your teeth strong and healthy, you will need to remove your this type of bridge every time you brush and floss.
Once Dr. Chahal, your Calgary dentist, has determined your candidacy for the placement of a bridge, the two teeth adjacent to the space where the missing tooth was will need to be prepped for the bridge. These adjacent teeth, known as abutment teeth will be filled and contoured to allow for the placement of the dental crown on top of them.
Once your teeth have been prepped, Dr. Chahal, your Calgary dentist, will take impressions of the teeth so that your partial denture can be constructed in the dental lab.
Don't worry, you're not leaving Calgary Smile Clinic with that empty space in your smile! Dr. Chahal will provide you with a temporary bridge while you wait for your partial denture to be made. This temporary partial denture will also help to protect your teeth and gums in the meantime.
When your dental bridge has been constructed by the lab, Dr. Chahal, your Calgary dentist, will remove the temporary partial denture and check to verify the fit and comfort of the restoration. Adjustments can be made if necessary. Dr. Chahal, may temporarily bond the bridge into place for a couple weeks to ensure proper fitting. Once you are comfortable with your permanent fixed denture, Dr. Chahal will permanently bond it into place.
What is a Dental Implant?- A dental implant is a tooth restoration comprised of a small titanium screw and a dental crown.
The titanium screw is drilled in the jawbone where the missing tooth once existed. This screw is then allowed a period of time to fully integrate into the jaw and fuse with the jaw bone. This process is called osseointegration. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the area as it heals.
Once the dental implant is fully integrated into the jaw, the titantium screw is covered with a permanent dental crown and your smile is restored!
A bridge will require the contouring and reshaping of adjacent teeth. Whereas, an implant does not involve other teeth. An implant will simply replace the missing tooth without requiring your remaining teeth for stability.
A dental implant is a surgical procedure and will cost more than a dental bridge.
An implant involves a titanium screw being drilled into the jaw bone. This screw fully integrates into the jaw and stimulates the tissue much like a natural tooth would. Just like the muscles in your body need excerise to remain healthy and strong, your jaw bone needs the same stimulus to prevent atrophy and bone loss.
A dental bridge will fill the empty space with a false tooth, but will not stimulate the jaw bone as a dental implant would.
Implants, being fully fused to the jaw, will provide the closest resemblance and most natural feel to natural teeth.
Implants can be used to replace one, several, or all missing teeth with the use of our All-on-4 procedure.
The cost of a dental bridge will vary depending on the experience and location of the dentist. Dental bridge prices are also affected by the severity of your individual case and the number of teeth involved.
Dental bridge cost is determined by the materials used to construct the restoration. For example, a bridge may be made of porcelain, gold, alloys or a combination of these materials.
Many dental insurance companies cover the cost of a dental bridge as it is a restorative procedure, rather than cosmetic.
If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, contact your dental insurance company to find out whether the cost of a bridge is fully covered, or covered by a percentage.
If you think a dental bridge may be right for you, call Dr. Chahal, your Calgary dentist, at Calgary Smile Clinic today to set up your appointment.
We look forward to seeing you smile!