Dental bridgework is usually considered as cosmetic dentistry, as missing teeth can look unattractive. However, research has shown that missing teeth can lead to faster gum disease and tooth decay if the area is left open. Missing teeth may also disrupt the alignment of the other teeth.
Before performing the bridgework, Kildonan Crossing Dental helps our patients here in Winnipeg choose the right tooth colour for the bridge. The best colour is what looks the most natural for the patient based on natural tooth colour, skin tone and eye colour. A person’s teeth are naturally different shades of white, with the front teeth usually the whitest and the back teeth the darkest.
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Dental Bridgework in Winnipeg
Dental bridgework involves the creation of a false tooth to replace a missing tooth. A false tooth is called a pontic. Types of dental bridgework include fixed bridge and cantilever bridge. Two crowns hold the false tooth, or pontic, in place. Unlike some partial dentures, this fixed dental bridgework cannot be removed by the wearer and is fixed into the mouth.
Dental bridgework usually takes two sessions. The patient’s teeth may be sensitive to cold and hot foods for several weeks after having dental bridgework. Oral hygiene must be followed to avoid bacteria and infection. In preparing for the bridgework, the dentist files down the adjoining teeth and takes impressions of the teeth in order to fit on the crowns. The pontic, or false tooth, will be attached to the crowns. Dental bridges often last between five and ten years, if proper oral care is maintained, and can be porcelain, metal or ceramic.