Dental Bridges in Vancouver, BC
Missing teeth can create various issues, ranging from affecting your appearance and self-confidence to making eating and speaking difficult. At My Dentist Vancouver, we want to be part of the solution. We can use a dental bridge to replace a lost tooth or teeth, which can tackle these issues. Our dentist in Vancouver, BC is happy to offer dental bridges near you.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a prosthesis (replacement part) that spans a space between two teeth by using one or more artificial teeth. The artificial tooth is known as a “pontic,” which comes from the French word “pont,” which means “bridge.” Abutments, or healthy adjacent teeth, offer support on both sides, similar to a bridge across a chasm.
To offer this critical support, the abutment teeth must be crowned or “capped” to offer this critical support. The abutment teeth are first prepared by removing their enamel and making room for the crowns to fit over and completely cover them. The abutment tooth’s crowns will be connected to the pontic in between. The pontic is essentially a crown, except it doesn’t have a tooth underneath.
What Can You Expect?
It normally takes two visits to our dentist near you to get bridgework. My Dentist Vancouver will prepare your abutment teeth during your first visit, utilizing local anesthetic to reduce any drilling discomfort.
Your dentist will then use a putty-like impression substance to create a cast of your prepped teeth, or we’ll use digital scanning equipment to build a 3D model. The dental lab professionals who will manufacture your bridge will use the 3D models of your teeth. Before you leave the office, we’ll offer you a temporary bridge to wear.
We may be able to cement your permanent bridge in place during your next visit. A brief adjustment phase may occur while adjusting to the new bridge’s feel against your lips, tongue, and cheeks. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, we suggest making a consultation with My Dentist Vancouver. We’ll be happy to determine if a dental bridge is ideal for you.