If you are missing one or several teeth in a row, our dentists at Lord Dufferin Dental Centre may recommend a dental bridge. This treatment restores your smile by literally “bridging” the gap in your smile to provide you with a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting result.
Dental bridges come in both fixed and removable varieties, depending on your specific dental needs. Fixed dental bridges are non-removable, anchored via two dental crowns to surrounding teeth. Removable bridges are similar to a partial denture and are held in place with sturdy clasps.
When teeth are missing, a series of changes that can impact your overall dental health and jaw function may be initiated. The adjacent teeth may start to drift or tilt into the space, and teeth in the opposing jaw may start to shift toward the area of the missing tooth. It is therefore important to replace the single tooth or multiple teeth that have been lost. One of the best options to prevent the consequences of shifting teeth and to restore full function to a small edentulous section in the mouth is a dental bridge. Our dentists at Lord Dufferin Dental, prepare bridges to help keep your smile full and beautiful.
A dental bridge replaces the missing teeth with artificial teeth called “pontics,” and is supported on the ends by prepared natural teeth. These teeth are called abutments. Once fabricated and fitted an Orangeville dental bridge will be permanently “fixed,” or cemented into place. Like crowns, bridges can be made of either porcelain baked on to a metal substrate or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. The result is a beautiful full smile with no spaces that allows you to chew your food and keep a beautiful facial profile. Schedule a consultation to discuss an Orangeville dental bridge including cost and length of appointment.
Ideally, you would start off with a 2-hour appointment for your bridge preparation. You will leave with a temporary bridge that will stay in your mouth until your permanent bridge has been fabricated. After 2 weeks, we will schedule an appointment to insert your new bridge. This appointment is 40-60 minutes long to remove your temporary bridge and permanently cement your beautiful new bridge. In most cases, insurance companies pay up to 50% of the total cost of this procedure. Well worth the investment to have a full smile, eat what you want and maintain your facial profile.
Dental Crowns Orangeville
The terms permanent dental crowns and caps are synonymous. If dental decay, cracked fillings, root canals, clenching or grinding the teeth has caused extensive damage to the underlying tooth structure a dental filling may not be a sufficient restoration. The only way to completely restore the cosmetic appearance and function of this tooth is often full coverage with a permanent Orangeville dental crown. The good news is that a completed dental crown looks and feels like a natural tooth.
In addition to restoring a single natural tooth, crowns can be used in other situations including being the supporting ends of an Orangeville dental bridge, covering dental implants, or as coverage for a cracked tooth to prevent further breakdown. A crown may also be indicated when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns can be made of either porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. If you are considering whitening your teeth, it is best to complete whitening to desired shade prior to having your Orangeville dental crown made so that the shade of the crown, matches the other teeth in your dentition. Our doctors at our Orangeville dental office have prepared hundreds of crowns over the years with great results.
To learn more about dental bridges in Orangeville, or dental crowns in Orangeville, and to schedule your consultation with our dentists, please call our office at 519-938-9500.