Dental bridges are fixed, or permanent, restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. Generally, bridges are made of two crowns with an artificial tooth fused in between. Bridges can also replace larger numbers of teeth when supported by dental implants.
Bridges are an effective and beautiful treatment that can provide excellent, durable results while helping to improve speaking, chewing, and a variety of other problems associated with missing teeth.
For smaller bridges, we are able to fabricate dental bridges right here in our office the same day. For such procedures we use CEREC® technology. CEREC® allows us to take a 3D image of the restoration area, digitally create a perfect fitting replacement, then output the design to a state-of-the-art milling machine for your custom bridge.
Bridges versus Implants
It use to be that bridges were your only option when you lost a tooth. That meant prepping the adjacent healthy teeth for the bridge. However, with dental implants, we replace just the individual tooth for a stronger and longer lasting result. Bridges, however, remain good options if there are issues with the neighbouring teeth.
At Smiles by Design, we’ll review your unique situation, discuss the pros and cons, and recommend the best treatment.