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Dental Bridges: Is This The Right Tooth Restoration For You?

Dental Bridges: Is This The Right Tooth Restoration For You?

Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your oral health, your ability to bite, chew, and speak, your self-confidence, and your willingness to smile. When you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist has options for tooth replacement. The type of tooth replacement that is ideal for you is determined by the location of the lost tooth or teeth, the health of the surrounding teeth and your gums, your jawbone density, your age, and sometimes even your budget or insurance coverage. Dental bridges are one type of tooth replacement solution. This is a long-lasting and affordable option to restore the function and appearance of your teeth, but it isn’t the right option for everyone. Are dental bridges the right solution for you?

All About Dental Bridges

What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a customized device made of an artificial tooth or teeth anchored with two crowns (caps that fit over the remaining teeth on either side of the lost tooth or teeth). This device is cemented in place and is not meant to be removed.

How Is The Dental Bridge Procedure Completed?
The placement of a dental bridge is usually a two-appointment process.

Appointment 1: During your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth. These two anchoring teeth will hold the dental bridge securely in place. To prepare these abutment teeth, your dentist will remove part of the enamel and the dentin to make room for the crown. Then your dentist will take impressions or a digital scan that will be used to fabricate the bridge, the artificial tooth or teeth, and the crowns for the abutment teeth. At this first appointment, your dentist will provide a temporary bridge to protect the exposed, sensitive areas of your mouth while the final dental bridge is made.

Appointment 2: At your second appointment, your dentist will replace the temporary dental bridge with the permanent one. This includes cleaning the abutment teeth and fitting or adjusting the new permanent dental bridge for optimal fit.

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When Is A Dental Bridge The Best Choice?
Your dentist is the best resource when deciding which tooth replacement solution is best for you. But here are some of the general conditions that make dental bridges the right choice for you:

  • You have healthy teeth on both sides of the tooth loss site
  • You are seeking an affordable tooth loss solution
  • Your oral health is good overall, especially your gum health
  • You want a fast tooth replacement option

Dental implants are another effective tooth loss solution. To decide if dental bridges or dental implants are better for you, read Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants: Which Is Right For Me?

Why Is It Important To Address Tooth Loss?

When you experience tooth loss, for whatever reason, it is critical to remember the importance of replacing lost teeth. Here are just some of the effects unaddressed tooth loss can have:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing, and speaking
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Changes to the shape and structure of your face
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Impairments to your overall oral health


Restore Your Smile With Dental Bridges At Dr. Korol Dental

When you experience tooth loss it is vital to address it to restore function and appearance. Dental bridges are one of the most affordable and effective tooth replacement solutions. If you want to know more about dental bridges and determine if they are the right option for you book an appointment at Dr. Korol Dental to experience how a holistic approach to dental care and tooth replacement can elevate your dental experience and optimize your oral health.

Dr. Korol and her skilled and compassionate team are committed to providing the highest quality and safest, most holistic approach to dental care, oral health, and overall well-being. We offer the newest and most effective treatments and technologies to support a lifetime of good health. Our practice is committed to a biocompatible approach to family dentistry. Book your appointment by calling (403) 245-9099 or filling out our online form.


Q: Does the placement of dental bridges hurt?
A: The process of affixing a dental bridge in your mouth should not be painful. A local anaesthesia is applied to numb all discomfort. You may experience some sensitivity after the procedure, however.   

Q: What is a partial dental bridge?
A: A partial dental bridge consists of artificial teeth attached to a gum-coloured plastic base. It can be removed at any time and can be a suitable alternative if your remaining teeth are not strong enough to support a full dental bridge. 

Q: How do I take care of a dental bridge?
A: To ensure the longevity of your dental bridge and to maintain good oral health, follow our guide on How To Maintain Your Dental Bridge.


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