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Dental Bridges in Ottawa

Dental bridges are a very common dental procedure that not only helps with cosmetic appearances but also improves functionality. When you are missing teeth and need to fill the gap, dental bridges are a common solution to replace the empty area in your mouth.

There are many different benefits to getting dental bridges. Dental bridges are a great way to prevent teeth around the gapped area from drifting out of position and causing further dental issues in the future. They are a popular dental solution for many individuals due to their convenience and durability compared to removable dentures. Also, aside from implant-supported bridge type, this is a non-invasive procedure and doesn’t require surgery like dental implants would require. Of course, everyone’s individual situation can make one dental solution more effective than another, and consulting with a dental professional is the best course of action. 

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Types of Dental Bridges

If you’re wondering what the different types of dental bridges are, there are a few options your dentist might suggest for your particular situation. If you’re unsure what the best dental procedure or bridge type is for your missing teeth, reach out to Pretoria Bridge Dental today! We’re the bridge experts, it’s right in our name! Here are some of the most common types of dental bridges your dentist might suggest:

Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges involve placing a crown on top of the two teeth surrounding the gapped area with an artificial tooth in the middle to sit.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one usable tooth next to the gapped area available to support the replacement or pontic tooth.

Maryland bridges

Maryland bridges are similar to traditional bridges although they bond metal wings to the backs of adjacent teeth as support as opposed to a full dental crown.

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Dental Bridge FAQs

Depending on how well an individual takes care of their bridges, they only need to be replaced around every 5-15 years. In order to keep them lasting closer to 15 years, or even a lifetime, ensure you have a consistent oral care routine and frequently visit your dentist for checkups. Here are a few cleaning tips for your dental bridges to keep them lasting as long as possible:

  • Brush your dental bridges as least twice a day as you would with your natural teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Floss once a day using interdental brushes or water flossers.
  • Be careful when removing your dental bridges so as to not drop and damage them.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating with cold water. Avoid hot water, because depending on your dental bridge material it could warp or damage them. If you’re unsure, ask your dentist.
Make sure you care for your dental bridges in the same way you would with your natural teeth. Brushing your bridge with a toothbrush and toothpaste helps prevent stains and keeps your bridge lasting as long as possible. If you already have stains on your bridge that are concerning, do not purchase over-the-counter whitening treatments. Those are made for natural tooth surfaces, not artificial teeth or bridges. It’s recommended to reach out to the experts that implemented your dental bridges to book a whitening procedure.
At Pretoria Bridge Dental, we have teeth whitening treatments that are very effective.
Depending on the dental office or dentist, and the type of dental bridges they recommend, your dental bridges could be made up of a few different materials. Some of these include metal, porcelain, ceramics, zirconium, and composites.

Dental implants are more of a permanent solution compared to dental bridges. Many people choose to go ahead with dental bridges as their solution for missing teeth because it’s a less invasive procedure and doesn’t require surgery compared to dental implants. Due to this, dental bridges can also have lower upfront costs compared to dental implants.

That being said, dental implants don’t damage healthy teeth surrounding the gapped area by placing crowns on top of them. Dental implants are also known to be the longest-lasting option although they can take longer to fully complete. At Pretoria bridge Dental, we also offer dental implant services. If you’re debating which dental solution is right for you, contact is today! We’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

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