Dental Bridges - Dentist Vancouver - Blue Sky Dental Clinic

Losing one or more teeth can have a powerful, negative effect on a patient. Psychologically, it can feel like losing a part of yourself. But the consequences aren’t just mental. The physiological repercussions of a missing tooth can’t be underestimated.

 

On a very basic level, a missing tooth can disrupt your bite profile, leading to jaw problems and difficulty chewing food. It can also cause your other teeth to shift positions to fill in the gap. This can lead to serious alignment issues and can sometimes even change the shape of your face.

 

There are several treatment options available which can effectively address the hole left behind by a missing tooth.

 

One of those options is a dental bridge. Dental bridges work by using adjoining teeth, referred to as “abutment” teeth, and an anchor to hold a dental prosthesis in place. The prosthesis can replace one or several teeth.

 

There are several types of dental bridges, and your North Vancouver dentist can help you determine which one might be best for you.

 

The most common form of bridge is appropriately named a ‘traditional bridge’. It works by filing down the abutting teeth and fitting them with crowns, which then hold the center prosthesis, sometimes called a ‘pontic’, in place.

 

In cases where the patient doesn’t have teeth on either side to hold a bridge in place, a special one-sided version of the traditional bridge is used. This variety is called a ‘cantilever bridge’.

 

A less involved version is what’s called a Maryland bridge. It involves affixing a pontic to your adjoining teeth using a pair of small metal wings, glued to your abutting teeth on either side with a special dental adhesive.

If you’d like to discuss if dental bridges are an appropriate treatment for you, contact your North Vancouver dentists at Blue Sky Dental today. You can also request an appointment online!

Last Updated On 2020-09-22