Dentist FAQ: Understanding Dental Bridges

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So you’ve been told you need dental bridges? You’re not alone. Bridges are one of the most common procedures we perform in Absolute Dental’s Vancouver dental office. With this in mind, we have created this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand everything you need to know about dental bridges.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a fixture of two or more crowns made to fill the gap left by multiple missing teeth. The false tooth, or pontic, is permanently anchored to your existing teeth and can be fixed there by a number of means

How long do bridges last?

If taken care of, bridges last an average of 10 – 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Why do I need bridges?

Bridges are a fantastic solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, while keeping your smile looking natural. The fact that they are fixed across a minimum of three teeth means that they increase the strength of your bite significantly. Wearing a bridge can help improve speech impairments caused by missing teeth, support the shape of your face, and prevent other teeth from moving out of alignment.

Are there different types of bridges?

Yes, there are three main types of bridges

Traditional bridges are made by fitting a hollow crown over the existing teeth on either side of the missing teeth, which hold the fake tooth, or pontic, in place. Your existing teeth will need to be reduced to accommodate the crowns.

Cantilever bridges are used when there is an existing tooth that can be used to anchor the bridge on only one side of the gap that needs to be filled.

Maryland bridges (also called resin-bonded bridges) are bonded to your existing teeth by metal or porcelain wings

Have more questions about bridges? Contact Dr. Kelly Jordan at Absolute Dental at 604-324-3884. Make an appointment today!


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