Dental Bridges Kitchener

If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a good solution for you to restore your smile. At Victoria Family Dental in our dental bridges clinic, we can fit you with a custom bridge to replace your missing teeth, so you can eat and speak more easily again.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a restorative dental solution that replace one or more missing teeth. They are usually made of porcelain or composite materials, and fill the gap with artificial teeth.

The pontic is an artificial tooth in a bridge. There can be one or more, as needed. Pontics can be customized to match the colour, shape, and size of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile.

The abutments are the anchor teeth on either side of the gap, which support and stabilize the pontic or pontics. The abutments can be natural teeth, usually with dental crowns, or dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Leaving a gap can have a detrimental effect on your oral health; getting a custom dental bridge offers many advantages.

Reducing Uneven Stresses on Your Bite

A bridge prevents the negative impacts to your natural bite that occurs when you have a gap. It distributes forces more evenly across your dental arch, preventing excess stress on your remaining teeth.


Preventing Your Teeth From Shifting

Gaps left by missing teeth allow adjacent teeth to shift out of position, eventually causing them to loosen and fall out. Dental bridges fill these gaps to keep teeth aligned and secure.

Making Speaking and Eating Easier Again

Missing teeth can affect speech and pronunciation, and make eating more difficult. Dental bridges are secure teeth replacement options that make these daily activities easier again.


Supporting Your Facial Structure

With lost teeth, jawbone density can suffer, as bone loss occurs without teeth roots stimulating it. Dental bridges help by maintaining the spacing of your remaining teeth so they don't shift and fall out, exacerbating bone loss. This can eventually create a sunken look. Bridges maintain your facial structure and prevent these issues.

Filling in the Appearance of Missing Teeth

Bridges provide natural-looking artificial teeth, and are customized to match the colour and shape of your remaining teeth, so you do not have a visible gap.

Bridges vs. Dentures


Many patients are unfamiliar with the differences between bridges and dentures, but there are some significant differences.

Stability

Dental bridges are permanent restorations, and are firmly anchored in your mouth, as opposed to removable dentures. This allows bridges to stay more securely in place without slipping, even while eating or speaking.

Durability

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years, usually longer than traditional dentures.

Ease of Care

Dentures need to be removed and soaked overnight, brushed with a soft toothbrush, and cleaned with denture cleaner. Dental bridges on the other hand just require regular brushing and flossing - just like your other teeth - and cleaning under the bridge with a floss threader or waterpick.

Preservation of Jawbone and Facial Structure

Bridges help preserve bone density and facial structure; dentures do not provide this benefit.

Types of Dental Bridges

At Victoria Family Dental, we offer several types of dental bridges to meet your unique needs.

Traditional bridges, which are most common, have the pontic, or pontics, held in place by dental crowns that are fitted onto the abutment teeth. Cantilever bridges are used if there is only one adjacent tooth next to the gap to secure to. Maryland Bridges are held in place with wings bonded to the backs of the teeth, and don't require reshaping of the abutment teeth. Implant-supported bridges are anchored to dental implants instead of natural teeth.

How Are Bridges Attached?

At Victoria Family Dental, we start with an initial consultation to assess your oral health and individual situation. We'll discuss your options, make recommendations, and determine the most suitable type of bridge for your needs.

With traditional bridges, the teeth on either side of the gap are fitted for the crowns, by removing a thin layer of enamel to allow room for the crowns. Impressions are then taken to create your custom-fit crowns and pontics. For an implant-supported bridge, a dental implant surgery will need to be completed first, including the healing time.

While your permanent bridge is being crafted, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect the abutment teeth. The temporary bridge will also make it easier to speak and eat in the interim.

Once your custom bridge is ready, it is carefully fitted and adjusted to ensure a comfortable and precise fit, then permanently bonded in place.

Contact Us Today

At Victoria Family Dental, we are committed to helping you with personalized care. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants, dentures, or bridges are all possible options. We offer all of these services, and can help you discover which option is right for you.

If you are considering dental bridges as a solution for your missing teeth, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plan and guide you.