WhThe loss of a tooth, or in some cases, multiple teeth, can have profoundly negative impacts on a patient. These consequences range from psychological to physical.
In terms of physical repercussions, missing teeth can change your bite profile, which could in turn lead to difficulty chewing, or issues with your jaw. Furthermore, your other teeth can shift from their natural positions to fill in the gap.
Emotionally, some patients feel like losing a tooth is like losing a part of themselves. That’s why it’s important to replace missing teeth with a high quality, comfortable and durable dental solution.
The first step to take in addressing a missing tooth or teeth is to consult with your dentists at Kemptville Smiles. A proper assessment will help you to determine if dental bridges are an appropriate restorative procedure for you, and if so, what specific type of dental bridges would be best suited for your particular needs.
Dental bridges rely on adjoining teeth to act as anchors to hold a dental prosthesis in place. The prosthesis, or ‘bridge’ can replace one or more teeth. There’s several types of dental bridges, and your Kemptville general dentist can help you choose the most appropriate option for you.
A traditional bridge is held in place by abutting teeth on either side. These adjoining teeth are filed down so they can be properly fitted with crowns, which are attached to the replacement prosthesis (also called a ‘pontic’).
In some cases, the most effective type of bridge is a Maryland bridge. In a Maryland bridge, the pontic is attached to the adjoining teeth using small metal wings that are affixed to the backs of your teeth using dental adhesive.
To discuss whether some variation of a dental bridge is the correct solution for you, contact your dentists at Kemptville Smiles. You can also book an appointment online.
en a tooth has sustained significant damage, often a root canal or filling treatment won’t be enough to save it. In these cases, a crown or bridge might be necessary to cover or replace the tooth. In the case of a weak and severely damaged tooth, a crown can be applied to mask the damaged tooth. Alternatively, if a tooth extraction is necessary, then a bridge can be used to replace the gap left behind from the missing tooth. Both of these procedures are safe and permanent implants that can restore your smile and keep your oral health in check.