Let's bridge the gap (literally). At Odyssey Dental Care in Winnipeg, a dental bridge is a restoration option for patients wishing to replace one or more missing teeth. Our family dentists provide fixed, removable and implant supported bridges.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant).
There are different types of dental bridges. Your family dentist at Odyssey Dental Care will recommend the most appropriate one depending on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth) and the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums.
Fixed bridges are bridges that cannot be removed. When several teeth in a row are missing, they can be placed by a bridge that is anchored to implants. An implant is not needed for every tooth being replaced. In fact, three or four teeth can be replaced with just two dental implants for support.
Dental implants are strong and can support the biting force of several teeth when they are anchored together.
Removable bridges are a restoration treatment when many, but not all, teeth are missing. The false tooth or teeth are supported by a metal framework that attaches to natural teeth, or in some cases, crowns that are attached to natural teeth, are used to hold the bridge in place. Whichever type of bridge your dentist at Odyssey Dental Care fits, the patient can remove and replace the bridge at home comfortably.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. Then the crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
Restores the appearance of your smile
Restores functionality such as the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintains the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevents remaining teeth from shifting out of position