in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Dental Bridges Montreal
You may be missing 1 tooth or perhaps more. Having a space in your smile is a bad idea for many reasons. To solve this problem, you have 2 options; either dental implants or dental bridges. While not as long lasting as dental implants, bridges provide a good tooth replacement option for our patients. Lenny Slepchik, DDS offers dental bridges at his downtown Montreal practice.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Who is a good candidate for a dental bridge?
Most adults interested in replacing a missing tooth or teeth are good candidates for a dental bridge. This treatment can successfully replace between one and three consecutive teeth. For restorative dental work to achieve the best results, patients should be in reasonably good health, including oral health. If the patient has gum disease, it may be necessary to treat this condition and get infection or inflammation under control before the dental bridge can be affixed to teeth.
A dental bridge also requires sufficiently strong teeth to support the artificial tooth. A traditional bridge sits between two natural teeth that are covered with crowns to anchor the pontic or pontics in the middle. In some cases, it is appropriate to place a cantilever bridge. This restoration is attached to only one tooth, with the pontic situated at the very back of the mouth.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is an excellent option to restore the appearance of the smile after tooth loss. In addition to this, a bridge is necessary to maintain the structure and alignment of teeth. By filling the space, a bridge prevents surrounding teeth from moving. With the artificial tooth in place, the bridge also supports chewing and biting in a way that evenly distributes force across the full arch of teeth.
Reasons To Choose A Dental Bridge
Many people choose not to replace a missing tooth, especially if the missing tooth is a molar. This is a bad idea for many reasons. Your teeth stay in place due to the pressure placed upon them by the adjacent teeth on each side. When a tooth (or teeth) are missing, so is that pressure; then the teeth tend to move over into the gap. This not only affects your appearance, but primarily creates alignment and bite issues.
Also, when you bite and chew, a tremendous amount of bite force energy is created. This energy transfers through the teeth down into the jawbone beneath them. It is this energy that signals the jawbone to continually shed old cells and produce new bone mass, which is the basis of a healthy jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone beneath the gap immediately begins to erode.
Why Dr. Slepchik may suggest a bridge for your dental treatment:
- To prevent tooth movement
- To restore chewing and biting in the area
- To distribute your bite across various teeth
- To allow you to speak clearly
- To maintain jawbone health
- To complete your smile
What Our Patients Say
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Dental Bridge Process With Dr. Slepchik
Placing a bridge with Dr. Slepchik requires two appointments. During the first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth for their crowns and take measurements and photos for your bridge. To prepare the teeth, Dr. Slepchik shaves off a portion of the healthy teeth on all sides and the top. This makes room for the crowns to sit atop the teeth, covering them all the way down to the gum line. Next, we take precise impressions, along with photos, of your teeth with Itero, our digital impression system. These are sent to the dental lab for the creation of your custom bridge. This process takes two weeks, so in the meantime, you wear a temporary bridge on your prepared teeth. Your smile looks natural. No one would know it is not your real teeth unless you tell them.
When your new bridge is delivered to our downtown Montreal office, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Slepchik verifies that the bridge fits properly and the colour matches your adjacent teeth. He’ll adjust the fit according to your feedback. In some cases, he may place the bridge with temporary cement to allow you to see how it feels for a few days of normal use. Once you’re satisfied with the fit, the bridge is permanently cemented onto your teeth. You can use your bridge immediately.
Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
Getting a dental bridge is a relatively quick and painless process. A fast injection of local anesthetic numbs the area being treated. This prevents discomfort as the dentist uses a small dental instrument to prepare for dental crowns. The second visit, during which the bridge is put into place, may occur without the need for an anesthetic.
Types Of Tooth Bridge Options We Offer
There are two types of bridges that Dr. Slepchik offers to his patients:
Traditional bridge — This is the tooth bridge described at the top of the page, consisting of two crowned abutment teeth with a false tooth or teeth between them. These are the most common bridges. Dr. Slepchik uses all porcelain for the crowns and the false tooth to get a beautiful, natural result.
Cantilever bridge — In cases where the missing tooth or teeth have adjacent teeth on only one side of the gap, a cantilever bridge is used. More like a balcony than a bridge, cantilever bridges crown two teeth on the one side to use as anchors.
Is there any recovery from the dental bridge procedure?
The initial appointment in the dental bridge process involves prepping two teeth for dental crowns. These teeth are reduced so crowns fit against the gums as well as opposing and adjacent teeth. Reduction can result in short-lived tooth sensitivity and soreness. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect that can be managed with the following remedies:
- Avoid hot and cold foods. Temperature changes are a trigger for the nerves at the center of teeth. Sticking to more tepid, lukewarm foods and beverages for a few days can help improve comfort.
- Avoid crunchy and hard foods. Discomfort can occur when pressure is placed on the bridge during its integration phase. Once you’ve adjusted to your bridge, you can resume your normal diet. This usually takes only a few days.
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The reduction of the teeth that anchor the bridge can lead to sensitivity. While this is ongoing, you may alleviate the discomfort of sensitivity with a specially-formulated toothpaste.
- Take over-the-counter pain relief if necessary. There is no need to tolerate discomfort. Some patients take a mild pain reliever for a few days to manage comfort while they get used to their new bridge.
We wouldn’t call it a recovery period so much as an adjustment phase, what patients experience after getting a dental bridge. A bridge may cause soreness when biting down, a change in the feel of the bite, or a general change in the feel of the mouth. A new bridge may also cause a minor change in speech until the tongue and muscles of the cheeks get accustomed to the new structure. This usually lasts no more than a week.
How Long Will A Dental Bridge Last?
How do I care for/ maintain my dental bridge?
Good oral care is imperative for the long-lasting function of the dental bridge. Fortunately, this is simple. Dental bridge care involves:
- Brushing teeth twice a day.
- Flossing teeth once a day using a special flosser around the bridge.
- Maintaining six-month dental checkups and cleanings.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Dr. Lenny Slepchik believes dental implants are the superior option for replacing a missing tooth. An implant is anchored by a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone and then becomes a part of the jaw as the bone grows around it. A post is attached to the “implant” and an artificial tooth is attached to the post. Because implants are anchored into the jawbone, they function exactly like a natural tooth. They are incredibly strong, do require NO changes in what you eat, and they often will last a lifetime.
Dental bridges are less expensive initially, particularly for replacing more than one missing tooth. However, bridges primarily last around a decade, so you will need to replace your bridge at least once or twice, depending on your age. This can make the cost closer to that of an implant. Bridge wearers also need to be aware of what they eat, as overly chewy, sticky foods can sometimes dislodge or damage the bridge. Plus, habits such as chewing ice may damage your bridge.