Calgary, AB dentist replaces teeth with dental bridges
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.
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