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Dental Bridges

Calgary, AB dentist replaces teeth with dental bridges

A missing tooth leaves a noticeable space in your smile. Several consecutive missing teeth may keep you from speaking clearly or prevent you from eating certain foods. Gaps allow other teeth to shift, looking crooked and becoming difficult to clean. Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a general dentist practicing in Calgary, AB, offers dental bridges as one way to solve these issues.

Types of dental bridges available in Calgary, AB

  • A traditional one-tooth bridge has an artificial tooth called a pontic. The pontic has a dental crown on each side. These crowns are firmly cemented over teeth on both sides of the space, holding the pontic in place. The entire unit may be made of strong ceramic material, or it could have a metal sub-structure. Once the bridge is placed, it is not removable.
  • Depending on the area of the mouth, a traditional bridge may contain several pontics, replacing a span of missing teeth. However, with the advent of dental implants, this type of bridge is no longer commonly used.
  • An implant retained bridge can be appropriate for three to five missing teeth in a row. Two dental implants are placed to provide support for anchor crowns, with pontics between.

Caring for a dental bridge

Good daily oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings are important for the patient with a dental bridge. Although the crowns and pontics cannot develop decay, surrounding natural tooth structure can. In addition, bacterial plaque may lead to gum disease at anchor teeth.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges near Calgary, AB

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.

A normal brushing routine with a soft brush and non-abrasive paste keeps the restoration (and the rest of your teeth) fresh. Flossing before bedtime is recommended. Since the bridge sits on top of gum tissue, the doctor or hygienist will show you a flossing technique to get this area clean.

New patients are welcome at Lake Chaparral Dental Care. Call (403) 768-2271

Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

Patient Success Stories

"The staff were super friendly and welcoming my first time there. Janelle and Dr Palka did a thorough job and I will definitely be returning. My almost 3 year old also came for a happy visit and she loved it, they did so well making her comfortable and happy!" More Stories