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Dental Bridges Ottawa
At College Square Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options. Replacing missing teeth is an important part of maintaining your overall oral health. Leaving gaps between your teeth for a prolonged period of time presents not only aesthetic concerns, but can also create more problematic issues down the road when the neighbouring teeth start shifting – trying to fill the gap. This can lead to root exposure and destabilisation of your jaw bone structure, among other things. As you can imagine: the more teeth are missing, the worse the problem can become.
If you are missing any teeth, you want to consider replacing them as soon as possible. Dental bridges represent a very viable and popular option. College Square Dental is your ideal dental bridge dentist in Ottawa.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridge fills in and connects a larger gap between your teeth. It is, in fact, a fixed partial denture that attaches one or more prosthetic teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. Anchored by a crowned healthy tooth on each side, dental bridge in Ottawa provides excellent support and stability and fully restores the biting and chewing function in the area. The idea of dental bridges is to provide a long-lasting replacement for your missing teeth.
What Are Dental Bridges Made Of?
Much like dental crowns, dental bridges in Ottawa are made of “enamel-like” ceramic material. This makes them look and feel very natural. The prosthetic teeth can easily be tinted and colour- matched to blend in with the surrounding natural teeth, giving your smile a wonderful, natural look.
Dental bridges in Ottawa are easy to maintain, but they do require rigorous oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing is a must, just like it is for your natural teeth. While bridges can certainly chip or even break, the regular wear and tear of food and drinks should not cause major damage. Much like dental crowns, dental bridges are strong, durable and highly functional, yet esthetically very pleasing. This makes them a very popular long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.
What Is the Difference Between Dental Bridges, Dental Crowns, and Dental Implants?
All three treatment solutions are different types of tooth restoration or replacement, each one with its own purpose and function. However, sometimes they may be combined, as they can complement each other:
- Dental bridges in Ottawa replace (one or more) missing
- Dental crowns protect damaged, misshapen or decayed teeth (after treatment) from further damage. They also anchor bridges to neighbouring natural
- Dental implants are artificial root replacements that are inserted in the jawbone to support various types of tooth restorations, be it crowns, bridges or
There may be cases where two or all three treatment options are combined in a single treatment plan. For example, if your dental bridge dentist in Ottawa recommends a dental bridge to you, he will use crowns on the two anchor teeth to keep the remaining prosthetic teeth in place.
In some cases, dental implants are used to anchor, support and stabilise a dental bridge.
Final example can be a situation where the dentist replaces a single missing tooth with an implant- supported crown. (Thus, combining a crown with an implant).
In the end, all three are different tools that can be combined to restore your dental structure, maintain the functionality of your teeth, and improve your overall oral health.
Are Dental Bridges Removable?
Dental bridges, as we have discussed here so far, are “fixed”, meaning attached permanently. The removable option is called a removable partial denture. Removable dental bridges/partial dentures are usually attached to your teeth with metal clasps or via precision attachments.
Removable “dental bridges” present two advantages. One is that they can be taken out and cleaned easily and more thoroughly.
Two is that they are more affordable. In that sense, for some, removable “dental bridges” present a very valuable alternative.
Contact Your Bridge Dentist in Ottawa Today
When you are missing one or more teeth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. Dental bridges may be the ideal option for you. If you have any questions about dental bridges or would like to consult with one of our bridge dentists in Ottawa, contact us today at 613-695-4877.