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A bridge is a group of two or more artificial teeth that fill a gap in your tooth line. They are supported by abutment teeth, natural teeth or dental implants.

When are bridges used?

Replacing missing teeth can seem like an aesthetic treatment, but gaps in your smile can lead to dental issues if not treated. Bridges restore your smile, and teeth function in many ways.

  • They allow you to speak and chew properly
  • They help preserve the shape of your face
  • They prevent your teeth from becoming misaligned
  • They prevent damage and decay

What are the different types of bridges?

There are 3 primary types of bridges used:

Traditional: Standard bridges are held in place by crowns covering natural teeth or dental implants.
Cantilever: Cantilever bridges are typically used at the back of the mouth when only one adjacent tooth is present.
Maryland: These bridges are supported by small metal wings that attach to the back of the adjacent natural teeth.

How are bridges inserted?

Our onsite laboratory with 3D modelling technology allows us to offer same-day appointments for restorations like bridges, so you won’t have the inconvenience of a second visit and will receive your permanent set immediately.

Depending on the type of bridge and location of the gap, your procedure may differ slightly. Generally, one of our practitioners will start by preparing your abutment teeth to receive crowns or metal wings. Next, the attachments are fitted, and then we perform digital scans to create your custom bridge.

The scans are sent to our onsite laboratory that creates the bridge from a high-grade ceramic block. This typically takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Once the bridge is ready, we fit it into the gap and assess the function and comfortability before permanently cementing it to the adjacent crowns or metal wings.

With your bridges, you can expect to speak, eat and smile as normal again. They will function just as well as your natural teeth, and you can continue your daily activities.