Replace Missing Teeth with Bridges, Implants or Dentures

Because of trauma, advanced tooth decay or gum disease, your dentist has to remove a tooth or teeth that cannot be saved. And that tooth needs to be replaced without delay for several important reasons:

  • Surrounding teeth become unstable and out of line
  • Poorly aligned teeth can cause jaw problems
  • Dental hygiene is harder, leading to gum disease and cavities

If you have lost a one or a few teeth, a bridge may an appropriate restoration. However, if you are missing several or all of your teeth, your dentist at Horizon Family Dentistry may have you consider dentures or dental implants at our Havelock or Lindsay dental office.

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Replace Your Missing Teeth with a Bridge

In Lindsay and Havelock, our dentists can respond to one or more missing teeth with a bridge – also called a fixed bridge or fixed dental prosthesis. The general dentists of Horizon Family Dentistry can restore teeth with bridges or dentures. We can refer you, if necessary, to a prosthodontist who exclusively restores and replaces natural teeth and tissues.

The Steps to Your Bridge in Two Visits

To replace one or more missing teeth, you need two visits to the dentist who prepares and fits your permanent dental bridge. Your own healthy teeth or dental implants will hold the bridge with its artificial replacement tooth on either side of the space left by the extracted tooth.

Here are the basic steps to receiving your new dental bridge:

  • If you have healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth, your dentist files down the two healthy teeth to prepare them for the bridge. Problems with unhealthy or several missing teeth are solved with dental implants to hold artificial teeth or the bridge in place.
  • The dentist takes impressions (moulds) to make a model of your teeth, used to custom fabricate the artificial tooth and crowns that create your new bridge in one piece.
  • Your dentist places a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your permanent bridge is being prepared.
  • When you return for the second appointment, your dentist places the custom, permanent bridge by cementing the crowns to your two healthy teeth or attaching it to your dental implants on each side of the missing tooth.

Types of Bridges

According to the number and location of the teeth you need to replace, your dentist will choose the type of bridge that suits your dental needs. In addition to the traditional bridge already described, your dentist has three more options:

  • Implant Bridge: If you don’t have healthy teeth or when several or all teeth are missing, your dentist must anchor the bridge is anchored to dental implants, after determining if implants are suitable for your condition.
  • Resin-Bonded Bridge: This is also called a "Maryland" bridge and is used when replacing teeth missing in the front of the mouth. The bridge of artificial teeth fused to metal bands is cemented to the back of your remaining natural teeth.
  • Cantilever Bridge: When you have healthy teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth, a cantilever bridge anchors your new, artificial teeth over the adjacent natural teeth that are left.

Your Dentist Recommends Good Oral Hygiene

You should brush and floss your bridge every day, just like the good dental habits your natural teeth need. Your dentist will show you how to clean and floss around bridge’s artificial tooth or teeth, as well as how to care for implants if you have them.

If you take care of your new bridge, it should serve you well for 10 years or more. Of course, regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to your ongoing oral health and success with your dental bridge.

Call for an appointment at Horizon Family Dentistry for a consultation and checkup. Our dentists in Lindsay are accepting new patients.

Dental Implants - A Solution that Looks and Feels Natural

Dental implants are usually constructed using a titanium rod which is implanted into the jawbone where your teeth have been removed. It bonds to the jaw, like the root of a natural tooth and permanently replaces the missing tooth. Dental implants are suitable for those who have healthy bones to securely hold the titanium rod prosthetic tooth in place.

Dental implants can be attached during one appointment and is a simple surgical procedure done under local anesthetic.

Horizon Family Dentistry realizes that for many patients who aren’t completely satisfied with the appearance of their teeth dental implants provide a permanent fix. As such we are proud to offer our patients affordable dental implant solutions.

Studies have shown that dentures only provide a chewing capacity of 20% compared to natural teeth, while dental implants provides 90% chewing capacity.

Why Choose Dental Implants?


When trying to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing and functional oral appearance there are a number of options available to you including crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and dental implants. Of all the options available, dental implants feel and look more natural. They are permanently affixed to the bone in your mouth so they are more secure while chewing compared to removable dentures. Dental Implants can provide support to a full denture, making it secure which enables you to eat and speak more comfortably and with confidence. If several adjacent teeth are missing, a fixed bridge may be attached to dental implants as an alternative to a removable partial denture.

Are Dentures Your Solution for Tooth Loss?

No matter your age, dentures may be a solution if you have lost many or all of your teeth to gum disease, dental trauma or tooth decay. Book a consultation with one of our general dentists in Lindsay or Havelock. We can evaluate your oral health and discuss your options in dental treatment.

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