Dental Bridges: Solutions from Our Abbotsford Clinic
If you’re like many Canadians, you likely have a missing tooth or several teeth affected by decay. With implants, crowns, and dental bridges, Abbotsford patients of Medora Dental Care have a number of options to restore the appearance and function of their natural teeth. But, did you know there are actually several styles of dental bridges? Our Abbotsford dental clinic can recommend a dental bridge style that will look great and offer the best treatment for your specific condition.
Let’s Take a Look at the Four Main Types of Dental Bridges
- Classic dental bridges — Traditional dental bridges remain the most popular style of dental bridge available. This style uses abutment crowns cemented onto two healthy teeth in order to support the pontics (false teeth) in place of one or more missing teeth.
- Maryland bridges — Maryland bridges are essentially traditional bridges, but instead of abutment crowns, the bridge is supported by a metal framework cemented to the backside of two adjoining healthy teeth.
- Bridges supported by implants — Dental implants are essentially titanium replacements for missing teeth roots. Instead of abutments, your bridge can be placed directly atop the dental implants. This style is becoming increasingly popular as it allows a more natural feel, function, and appearance.
- Cantilevers — Somewhat similar to traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges can be used to replace a missing tooth. A cantilever bridge is supported by a single abutment crown on just one side of the replacement tooth. This style of bridge should be used sparingly as the minimal support can lead to loose crowns and fractured teeth — results that are not always in line with a long-term dental solution, as bridges should be.
Dental Crowns in Abbotsford: Smile with Confidence
Dental crowns have a similar purpose as dentures (to fortify or replace a tooth), but unlike dentures, dental crowns and bridges are only removable with the assistance of a dentist. One explanation for the popularity of dental crowns in Abbotsford is that they can create a highly realistic substitute for natural teeth, which means a more attractive smile, too!
Restorative Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Protecting weak, damaged teeth
- Replacing a large filling
- Attaching a bridge
- Covering a discoloured tooth
- Covering a misshapen tooth
- Protecting a tooth after a root canal
How Do Dental Crowns Function?
Crowns are used to “cap” or encapsulate a tooth that has been damaged or received some form of restorative treatment such as root canal therapy. But, a crown can also act as a form of cosmetic prosthesis when it is used to cover a tooth that does not respond to whitening or a tooth with a shape that is unattractive.
With proper care, dental crowns can last the entirety of your life. Although, like natural teeth, dental crowns can fall out or become loose under certain circumstances such as trauma or periodontal disease. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should brush and floss twice a day, or at a schedule determined by your dentist.