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R. Asif & S. Gupta Professional Corporation | Bridges in Calgary

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Bridges - See Video

 

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.

The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

We will fit you with a temporary plastic bridge, and it will take about 1 week to make your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.  This temporary bridge is 'temporary' so we advise no flossing around the temporary, and no sticky, or hard chewing on it as the temporary may break or loosen.  If the temporary does come off, please place toothpaste inside the temporary and place it back over the teeth.  It is vital that the temporary stays on because if it does not, the teeth may shift and the actual bridge may not fit and will require a new impression which will delay the final cementation of the bridge.

When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.   The cement will require 48 hours to set so we recommend no pulling action or sticky foods during this period as it may lift the bridge off necessitating office time to recement the loosened bridge.

The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.

Maintenace of the bridge is required daily with Floss Threader or Superfloss to clean under the bridge.  Otherwise, food and bacteria will grow under the bridge causing gum problems, bad breath, or decay.

If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.  The adjacent teeth around the missing teeth can also tip into the lost tooth's space, and eventually cause gum problems which may cause of the loss of the adjacent teeth.