At Whitby Smile Centre, we understand that a patient can have a gap in their mouth for many reasons. It could be intentional, as the result of a procedure designed for your oral health. However, it could also be the result of a sudden impact that risks damage. In some instances, for example if the patient has lost a significant number of teeth, the solution might be dentures. local treatment is available to accommodate any needs you may have.
If left untreated, it is possible for a gap in a patient’s gumline to result in the teeth shifting and misaligning. This has the risk to cause additional strain on existing teeth for many reasons. The remaining teeth will have an increased workload to compensate for the missing tooth. Additionally, if the misalignment causes the teeth to become uneven, then a section of a tooth may experience a significantly greater chewing load than others. However, like with any dental procedure, it is important to consult with a dental professional to determine the options available to you before arriving at your decision.
A dental bridge will typically take at least two appointments to complete. The first appointment often entails the adjacent teeth to be prepared to accommodate the bridge. This usually requires a 1-2 mm peripheral reduction. In this initial appointment, your dentist in Whitby will also take an impression of your teeth to get the specifications for the upcoming device.
Once your bridge has been completed, you will come in for an additional appointment. During this appointment, we will clear the area receiving the bridge especially if it is being supported by the tooth’s natural structure. The reason for this is that we want to reduce the risk of bacteria being trapped underneath the device. Once the area has been properly prepared, we will cement it into place.
If you are interested in more information about dental bridges or forms of cosmetic dentistry in Whitby, contact Whitby Smile Centre today. Our clinic is located on Brock St. North, just south of Rossland and we are now accepting new patients in Whitby.