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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bridges

Are you missing one or more teeth? Find out more about how the customized dental bridges at our Calgary dental clinic can help restore the health and beauty to your smile.

Whether you are missing one or several teeth, having them replaced immediately is extremely important. Tooth loss is a very serious matter and can have long-lasting negative effects on your oral and overall health, including:

  • increased stress on your remaining teeth and jaw joint
  • bone shrinkage, which can make you look older
  • difficulty sticking to a healthy and nutritious diet
  • higher risk for tooth decay in remaining teeth and gum disease

Customized Dental Bridges at our Calgary Dental Clinic

At Marlborough Dental Centre, we offer comprehensive senior dental care services including tooth replacement options such as dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges, to help restore the health, beauty, and function to your smile.

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What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. Each bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns (or abutment teeth) and then attached to the smile over the surface of the neighbouring teeth.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a very versatile tooth replacement option that can benefit patients of a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Before booking a consultation at your local dental clinic, consider the advantages of this denture solution, which include:

  • support of the correct face shape with a smile that looks and feels natural.
  • maintenance of proper bite alignment.
  • prevents your remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
  • restores your natural abilities to bite, chew, and speak comfortably.
  • encourages better oral health.
  • completes your smile for a more radiant, and cosmetically pleasant look and feel.


4 Types of Dental Bridges

Every patient is unique, which is why our dental bridges are not a one-size-fits-all treatment! Whether you have lost a front tooth, back tooth, or several teeth, our dentists can discuss your ideal treatment plan and decide which type of bridge is right for you.

1. Traditional Bridge

This is the most popular kind of bridge and consists of one or more fake teeth that are held in place by dental crowns. They can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap where your missing tooth is.

2. Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is very similar to a traditional one, but the crown is supported by an abutment on only ONE SIDE, rather than on both. This means that if there is only one natural tooth near the gap, a bridge can still be secured.

3. Maryland Bonded Bridge

Maryland bridges are considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges and consist of an abutment that is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is then bonded to the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing one. Since this isn’t held in place by crowns, they don’t need to be filed.

4. Implant-Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge isn’t held by crowns or frameworks, but rather is supported by dental implants. Usually, one implant is placed for every missing tooth, and this series of implants holds the bridge in place. This makes them feel very secure and comfortable, just like your natural teeth.

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Caring For Your Dental Bridge

One of the biggest advantages of dental bridges is that they are highly functional and can last for 15 years or longer with proper care. REMEMBER: a bridge can fall if the teeth supporting it or the jawbone are damaged by dental disease.

Our Tips For Great Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss or use another type of between-the-teeth cleaner once a day. This helps remove plaque and lowers your risk of tooth decay.
  • Always clean between your teeth and under the bridge. There are many different kinds of flossers, from picks to little brushes, so ask your dentist which works best for you.
  • Visit your local dental clinic for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.
  • Eat a healthy diet to promote your oral and overall health.


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To find out more about our affordable and convenient tooth replacement options, including dentures, dental bridges, and implants, contact our Calgary dental clinic today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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