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Dental Bridges

A Bridge to a Brighter You

Dental Bridges2023-12-01T05:39:27+00:00

An exquisite blend of aesthetics and functionality

How missing teeth impact the health and function?

The absence of teeth extends beyond creating noticeable gaps in your smile. Without suitable replacements, it can have various impacts on the health and functionality of your smile:

  • Impede Confidence and Comfort: Diminish your ability to smile, speak, and chew with confidence and ease.
  • Altering Smile Alignment: Lead to the gradual shifting of adjacent teeth into the vacant spaces, resulting in changes to the alignment of your smile and bite.
  • Compromising Bite Stability: Trigger the extrusion of teeth in the opposing arch, disrupting your bite stability.
  • Risk of Cavities and Gum Disease: Increase the risk of cavities and gum disease as the displaced teeth alter the distribution of biting forces, making them harder to clean effectively.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth in the same area by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. This dental appliance contains one or more artificial teeth (pontics) and is placed in the mouth by attaching to crowns placed on your teeth on either side of the gap. There are several different types of dental bridges, depending on how it is made and the way it is anchored to your teeth. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine the best type of bridge for you.

The benefit of dental bridge are:

  • Restores your full smile and your full aesthetics
  • Improves your ability to chew and speak
  • Maintains the shape of your face
  • Properly distributes the force in your bite
  • Prevents remaining surrounding teeth from drifting out of position
  • Fills in spaces that would otherwise leave surrounding teeth susceptible to tooth decay.

Before a bridge gets fabricated

  • Ensuring successful treatment outcomes at Chinook Smiles involves a comprehensive evaluation of various factors, such as a patient’s oral health, overall well-being, smile aspirations, lifestyle, and budget. Through careful assessment and detailed discussions with our team, we determine the most suitable option for you.
  • Prior to the fabrication and placement of a dental bridge, it is imperative that any gum disease is addressed. Our team will ensure that your oral health is optimized before proceeding with the bridge treatment.
  • For traditional fixed bridges, the strength of the crowned teeth and the adequacy of surrounding bone are crucial for robust support. In some cases, a bone-grafting procedure may be recommended to enhance bone volume and establish a solid foundation, especially before crafting an implant-supported or traditional bridge.
  • At Chinook Smiles, our commitment is to prioritize the care and comfort of our patients. Our overarching goals include crafting healthy and beautiful smiles while ensuring each dental experience is positive and tailored to your individual needs.

What are the types of dental bridges?

There four types of dental bridges used for smile makeovers and general dental care.

  • Traditional bridges: This type of dental bridge has a pontic with an implant or porcelain crown for the missing tooth on either side.
  • Implant-supported dental bridges: These replacement teeth are supported by surgically placed implants. Your Chinook Smiles dentist can use implant-supported bridges with porcelain crowns to replace missing teeth.
  • Cantilever bridges: If there is only one tooth adjacent to the gap of missing teeth, your Chinook Smiles dentist may recommend this type of dental bridge.
  • Maryland bonded bridges: This type of dental bridge has a one-winged pontic with a frame made from metal or porcelain. The pontic is made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.


What’s the best way to care for my dental bridges?2023-11-18T19:31:49+00:00

Now that your new permanent crown or bridge is in place, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. With proper care, your new restorations will last for years to come. Make sure to brush and floss as instructed. We’ll show you how to floss under your dental bridge to keep your new smile clean and bright. Remember to make appointments for your routine checkups and professional cleanings.

Will my smile feel any different?2023-11-18T19:32:17+00:00

Your new bridge is customized to the exact specifications of your smile. Before cementing to the underlying teeth or affixing it to the supporting implants, the shade, occlusion, and all aspects of its fit get carefully checked. In addition to being designed to blend seamlessly with your smile, it’s also made to suit your bite and withstand all manner of oral function. We take great care to make sure your new restoration looks great, fits well, and that your bite feels comfortable.

Who is the ideal candidate for a dental bridge?2023-11-18T19:33:04+00:00

The best candidate for a dental bridge is a person with one or more missing teeth and good dental hygiene. Special attention to hygiene at home will need to be taken, especially flossing under the bridge. Furthermore, dental visits, including professional cleanings, should be completed every six months.


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