- improve aesthetic appearance,
- facilitate the chewing of food
About dental crowns and briges:
A missing tooth may cause irreversible damage such as:
- migration of neighbouring teeth,
- teeth alignment problems and gum bleeding,
- teeth closure problems,
- loss of neighbouring teeth
Did you know that edentulousness can cause:
- periodontics problems
- dysfunction of the TMJ (jaw pain)
- premature wear of the teeth
Steps involved in the fabrication of a bridge
The placing of a fixed bridge is normally done over 2 visits to the dentist.
- Step 1: The dentist will first make study models and take x-rays, in order to study your dentition
- Step 2: The dentist then files down the support teeth and takes a final imprint of the filed-down teeth. The final imprint is used to fabricate a custom-made, one-piece bridge with the artificial pontic tooth and the two support crowns of the bridge.
- Step 3: The final imprint and the study models are sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the fixed bridge. Meanwhile, the dentist will place a temporary acrylic bridge to protect the filed-down teeth.
The dentist will cement the bridge onto the prepared teeth. A fixed bridge is very resistant if it is taken good care of through sustained dental hygiene (teeth brushing, flossing, regular visits to the dentist…) Our dental hygienist will show you the right things to do to keep your dental prosthesis for a very long time.
The game of questions and answers
True or false? A bridge can be removable?
The answer is: false.
Aside from the aesthetic appearance, a missing tooth may result in problems with chewing, and consequently digestive problems and thus stomach aches.
You should not wait, and our specialists at the David & Cloutier Dental Clinic in Montréal will welcome you and give you information in a simple fashion.
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