The Canadian Health Measures Survey reports that 23.8% of Canadian adults have lost or damaged one or more of their front teeth due to trauma whether it is through sports or other unfortunate accidents. In addition, 21.7% of adults will lose all of their permanent teeth from the age of 60 and above. One simple solution to replace a missing tooth is a dental bridge.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
There are many benefits to having a dental bridge, including restoring chewing function and improving your confidence about your smile. The finished product will look and function exactly like natural teeth so you can eat, smile and chew without any worry.
The best part of this procedure is that it does not involve invasive surgery, making it popular among individuals who want to fill in the big gap in their teeth without a painful surgical procedure. It is also an excellent option for those who have one or more missing teeth but are not good candidates for implants.
What do you need to consider?
- A bridge can be constructed from different materials, which can include ceramics, porcelain-fused materials, or full metal. Various factors will be considered by your dentist to help you choose which material is best for you.
Types of dental bridges:
Conventional, implant-supported and Maryland bridges are the most common types of dental bridges.
- Conventional bridges reshape the supporting teeth adjacent to the missing space to fill in the gap. They consist of an abutment, traditional retainer, and pontic system and are the most common among the three.
- Implant-supported dental bridges are used when the supporting teeth are not healthy and fail to provide enough bone support.
- Maryland bridges are cemented to the backside of the teeth adjacent to the gap being filled.
All three options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your unique situation, your dentist at Smile Park Dental will help you determine which type is the right one for you.
How to care for a dental bridge
Once you have the procedure done, taking care of your bridge will be imperative to prevent further damage or decay to your natural teeth. You will also need to make sure you visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure any issues are caught early on, and treated if needed.
If you have questions about your specific situation or if you are wondering if you are suitable for a dental bridge, make an appointment with your dentist at Smile Park Dental today!