Fixed Dental Bridge
Once a permanent tooth is extracted or falls out, it’s important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. This prevents your other teeth from moving out of alignment, while also protecting your teeth from other problems in the future.
A bridge – also called a “fixed bridge” or "fixed partial denture" – can be used to replace one or even sometimes two missing teeth. It generally consists of one artificial tooth permanently affixed between two real, healthy teeth that act as bridge pillars.
How it’s done
- The dentist files down the two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be fitted with crowns. These teeth will be the bridge pillars.
- The replacement tooth and two crowns are milled in a laboratory and custom-crafted as one piece.
- The dentist permanently affixes the bridge to the pillar teeth using cement.
How long does a dental bridge last?
If well taken care of, a bridge should last you ten years. Your dentist can show you how to keep your bridge clean using dental floss or floss threaders.
Dental bridge alternative : an implant supported crown
Instead of a dental bridge, your dentist may recommend the use of an implant supported crown. With this solution, your healthy teeth remain intact, you get the most natural sensation and your bone mass is preserved.
|Traditional fixed bridge||Implant supported crown|
Short video (1:19) on dental bridges
To learn more
If you lose a tooth, tell your dentist as soon as possible. He will examine your situation and suggest the most appropriate solution. You may also visit these websites:
- Canadion Dental Association- Dental bridges;
- Ordre des dentistes du Québec - Replacement of missing teeth.