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Dental Bridges in Burnaby
Restorative Dental Bridges from your Burnaby Dentists
A dental bridge is a restorative option that secures a false tooth between two anchor points, effectively “bridging the gap” left by missing teeth. Our experienced dental team can create dental bridges for many different situations, customizing the solution to your specific needs.
Why Choose Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are an affordable and straightforward option for replacing a tooth or several teeth. A dental bridge acts much like a bridge that spans across a body of water; two anchor points on each side of a gap secure a false tooth (pontic) in place in the mouth.
Dental bridges can easily fill small gaps in the teeth and are matched to the size, shape, and colour of nearby teeth, making them difficult to spot. Having a dental bridge can also help patients with tooth loss recover the ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several kinds of dental bridges that our dental professionals can create. The type of bridge you and your dentist choose will be dependent on the number of missing teeth you have, the health of nearby teeth and supportive structures, and several other factors.
Traditional Dental Bridges
The most commonly used dental bridges are known as traditional dental bridges. These types of bridges use dental crowns on the abutment teeth (the teeth surrounding the gap), which secure a false tooth (pontic) between them. While the pontic fills in the gap left by a missing tooth, the dental crowns provide strong support for the pontic on either side.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
A cantilever bridge is similar in style to traditional bridges, but instead of two dental crowns supporting the bridge on either side, only a single crown on one side of the pontic secures it in place. These types of bridges are rare because they require a very strong, healthy tooth as a support. They are most often placed near the front of the mouth and may be used in cases when there is only one healthy tooth available to act as an anchor.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
Maryland bonded bridges are designed in much the same way as traditional bridges, except the dental crowns are replaced with a metal framework that is secured to the backs of the abutment teeth. This metal frame secures the pontic in place. Maryland bonded bridges are often more affordable, but can come with some drawbacks as well, so it’s important to discuss this option fully with your dentist.
Implant-supported bridges are useful when multiple teeth are missing from one area of the mouth. For this type of bridge, two dental implants need to be secured in the jaw first. These act as the supportive structures for a pontic that sits between them. Dental implants require surgical implantation but can last a lifetime, so again, it’s important to discuss your options, goals, and budget with your dental team at Burnaby City Dentist.
Talk to Our Burnaby Dentists About Dental Bridges Today
If tooth loss has impacted you or a family member, our team at Burnaby City Dentist is here to provide guidance and a simple way forward. We’ll walk you through all the restorative options, including dental bridges, and provide you with options that work with your lifestyle, goals, and budget. Call our office directly or use our easy online contact form to book your appointment today.
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