Teeth that surround a missing tooth may rotate or shift into the empty space, resulting in a bad bite, gum disease, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bridges can strengthen a damaged tooth, and enhance the overall appearance, shape and alignment of your natural bite. At Downtown Dental Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario we offer a variety of dental services. Our dentist may recommend a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices which, unlike removable devices such as dentures, are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
Bridges span the space where teeth are missing, hence the term “bridge”. As with fillings/restorations, bridges can be produced from a variety of materials, including:
Porcelain and ceramic bridges can be matched to the natural colour of your teeth and are recommended for areas that are highly visible (such as the front teeth), whereas gold and metal alloys are stronger materials and recommended for teeth that are not as visible. Our dentist can help you decide which material to use based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
While bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. If you live in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, or Thorold, then keep your gums and teeth healthy by visiting your dental team at Downtown Dental Centre at least twice a year for a general checkup, our hygiene/cleaning services, or other dental services that we offer!