Dental Bridges in Langley

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges in Langley are fixed prosthetic devices which our dentists use to replace missing teeth. They are artificial teeth, often referred to as pontics, which are fixed firmly to dental implants or the neighbouring natural teeth to restore both the function and aesthetics of the teeth overall. Bridges can be made from different types of materials like porcelain, metal, or a combination of them. Our dentists customize them so they match the patient’s natural teeth. They not only fill gaps but they also stop teeth from shifting, which would make them look crooked and they help to maintain facial structure. 

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Types of Dental Bridges 

There are four main types of bridges which are cantilever, Maryland, a traditional dental bridge and an implant supported bridge.

1. Cantilever Bridge

This is used when adjacent teeth only exist on one side of the gap left by a missing tooth so the cantilever bridge is anchored to just one adjacent tooth. It is a suitable option when there is just one tooth available for support. However, because it relies on only one tooth for support, it may not be as stable as traditional bridges and may exert more pressure on the supporting tooth.

2. Maryland Bridge

This is also called a resin-bonded or Maryland bonded bridge which is typically used when the adjacent teeth are strong and healthy. It consists of a pontic (artificial tooth) that is held in position by porcelain or metal wings on both sides. The wings are bonded to the rear surfaces of the adjacent teeth using sturdy dental glue. Maryland bridges overall are not as invasive as traditional bridges because they don’t require the neighboring teeth to be prepared. However, they might not be as durable as traditional bridges and may have to be replaced frequently.

3. Traditional Dental Bridge

This is the most common dental bridge in Langley used to replace missing teeth. It is made up of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) that are held in place by a dental crown, which is cemented onto the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. These adjacent teeth, referred to as abutments, are normally prepared by removing some enamel to provide the space to accommodate the crowns. A traditional bridge is stable and durable and offers a long term solution. 

4. Implant-Supported Bridge

This is supported by dental implants and not natural teeth. These are placed surgically into the jawbone by our Langley dentists so that they can act as artificial tooth roots which the bridge is attached to. It is suitable for replacing many missing teeth in a row or when adjacent natural teeth don’t have the strength to support a traditional bridge. These bridges provide great stability and stop bone loss in the jaw. They do require a longer treatment time and may cost more than other bridges. 

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Benefits of Dental Bridges in Langley

Dental bridges in Langley offer several benefits for individuals with missing teeth. 

  • They restore the chewing function, which means easier and more efficient consumption of healthy food. 
  • They help to maintain the alignment of adjacent teeth, stopping them from shifting into the spaces left behind by the missing teeth. 
  • They help to maintain the face’s natural shape.
  • They can help to prevent bite issues. 
  • They can improve the appearance of the smile which boosts both self-esteem and confidence. 
  • They offer a long lasting and durable solution for replacing missing teeth.
  • They support oral health and well-being of the recipient.

FAQs

1. How much do dental bridges cost in Langley? 

This can vary depending on the type of bridge and the materials used. On average, the cost could be just a few hundred to several thousand dollars per tooth.

2. What is the purpose of dental bridges?

They are used as replacements for one or more missing teeth. They help to restore your smile and improve chewing and speaking functions as well as helping to maintain the shape of your face.

3. What materials are used for dental bridges?

 They are made from different materials including porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of them. 

4. Why do I need a dental bridge? 

Dental bridges are a useful option if you have one or more missing teeth and want to restore your smile. Also replacing missing teeth with a bridge can stop adjacent teeth from shifting out of their usual position.

5. How do you know what type of bridge you need?

This will depend on the location of missing teeth, the health of adjacent teeth, the health of the underlying bone and gum tissue and how much you are prepared to pay.

How to Care for Dental Bridges

It is necessary to practice the best oral hygiene. This includes flossing once a day and brushing at least twice a day. Using antiseptic mouthwash helps to reduce the accumulation of plaque and lower the chance of getting gum disease. Regular Langley dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also important to ensure the health of your bridge and surrounding teeth. Additionally, avoid biting down on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages to prevent damage to the bridge.

Ramneet , Hygienist

Ramneet has been in the dental field for over 14 years, starting her career as a Certified Dental Assistant. She quickly became passionate about dentistry and graduated from the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in 2015 with high honours. Ramneet believes that it is her utmost priority to create a comfortable environment for her patients. She enjoys building relationships with her patients and educating them on the importance of their overall oral health.

Outside the office, she loves spending quality time with her husband and two kids.
She looks forward to helping you put your best smile on every day!

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