Dental Bridge

Replace Broken & Missing Teeth

Are you dealing with the frustration of missing teeth, impacting your ability to chew, speak, and smile with confidence? Dental bridges offer a reliable and natural-looking solution to replace missing teeth, restoring both your smile and oral functionality. At Harbour Dental Clinic, our team of expert dentists is dedicated to helping you achieve a complete and beautiful smile with custom dental bridges.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are fixed restorations designed to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth, known as pontics, that are anchored to the adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap. The bridge literally “bridges” the space, providing a stable and secure replacement for your missing teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  1. Enhanced Aesthetics: Dental bridges are crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, ensuring a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing smile. They effectively restore your facial symmetry and boost your self-confidence.
  2. Improved Chewing and Speaking: Missing teeth can affect your ability to eat and speak properly. Dental bridges restore proper chewing function and enunciation, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity.
  3. Preserved Facial Structure: When teeth are lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate, leading to changes in your facial structure. Dental bridges help maintain the integrity of your jawbone and facial shape.
  4. Comfort and Stability: Custom-made dental bridges ensure a comfortable fit and stable bite, preventing the shifting of adjacent teeth and reducing the risk of oral health issues.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Dental Bridges: The most common type of dental bridge, these restorations consist of pontics supported by dental crowns that are cemented onto the adjacent teeth. These crowns act as abutments to hold the bridge securely in place.

Cantilever Dental Bridges: In cases where there is only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap, a cantilever bridge may be recommended. The bridge is anchored to the adjacent tooth on one side, providing support on a single side.

Maryland Dental Bridges: Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges are a conservative option where the pontic is attached to adjacent teeth with metal or ceramic wings, eliminating the need for dental crowns.

Implant-Supported Bridges: For a more stable and durable option, implant-supported bridges are recommended. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to anchor the bridge securely.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

Getting a dental bridge typically involves several steps:

Consultation: Our dental team will conduct a comprehensive examination, discuss your needs, and recommend the most suitable type of dental bridge for you.

Tooth Preparation: For traditional and cantilever bridges, the adjacent teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the dental crowns.

Impressions: Precise impressions of your teeth will be taken to create custom dental bridges that fit perfectly.

Temporary Bridge: While your permanent bridge is being crafted in a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect your teeth and gums.

Final Fitting: Once your custom dental bridge is ready, it will be securely bonded in place, ensuring a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

At Harbour Dental Practice, we are dedicated to providing top-quality dental bridges to restore your smile and oral function. If you have missing teeth or are looking for an effective tooth replacement solution, contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

Let us help you regain your smile and enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Porcelain, zirconia, metal, or a combination of these are used, depending on aesthetics, durability, and budget.

With proper care, they can last 10-15 years or longer. Factors like material, oral hygiene, and chewing habits affect their lifespan.

Yes, but avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that could damage it. Chew carefully on both sides of your mouth.

Modern bridges, especially porcelain and zirconia, can appear very natural in colour, shape, and translucency.

Potential risks include sensitivity, damage to anchoring teeth, and gum disease if proper care is not followed.

If your dental bridge becomes loose or feels uncomfortable, contact your dentist immediately for an evaluation.