If you have one or more missing teeth we can help you
Your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and maintaining the alignment of your other teeth. They are designed to complement each other and work together for many daily functions. However, tooth loss should not occur with age, and if you are missing one or more teeth, they should be replaced quickly to keep your mouth functioning properly.
With one or more missing teeth, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues, increasing the risk of secondary disorders such as gum disease and speech disorders. Fortunately, there are several options to correct tooth loss.
What is a bridge or partial prosthesis?
A "bridge" is a device used to replace missing teeth and hold artificial teeth in place adjacent to the natural teeth, called "pillar teeth". Bridges are removable or permanently fixed (fixed bridges). Fixed bridges are glued in place and can only be removed by a dental professional. On the other hand, removable bridges, as their name suggests, can be removed and cleaned because they are fixed to adjacent teeth by metal hooks or precision fasteners.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be built from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bound to other precious or non-precious metals.
What to expect
Once your teeth are prepared, X-rays and digital impressions of your teeth will be taken to create your bridge. If necessary, a temporary restoration will be placed at the site of your missing tooth while your bridge is being built. Once your restoration is ready, the dental bridge will either be cemented in place or fixed to dental implants, depending on the type of support chosen during your consultation with Dr. Al Eid. Different anesthesia or sedation options are available if you have anxiety or a strong nauseous reflex, so you may remain comfortable during the procedure.
Once your bridge is in place, you should see an immediate improvement in the function and appearance of your smile. You may need another visit to the Bellerive clinic to improve the fit of your bridge in the first few weeks following it's installation. Dr. Al Eid will show you how to maintain your bridge, including the best way to clean it because cavities can still develop under the restoration.
With proper maintenance, strict brushing and flossing regimen, your custom bridge could last for many years. This is important because a bridge depends on healthy neighboring teeth to provide adequate support.
Feel free to contact the Bellerive Clinic team directly to learn more about dental bridges. It will be our pleasure to answer all your questions.