Dental Bridge Port Coquitlam

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge or a “fixed partial denture” is often used to fill a gap left by one or more missing teeth, with a combination of dental crowns and artificial teeth. A bridge is made from a lot of different materials including gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of any of these or more. Bridges cannot be removed by the patient.

There are two different types of bridges. A “fixed bridge” is traditionally made of a false tooth fused between two natural teeth. The natural teeth are crowned or capped to create a stable foundation for the bridge to sit.

An “implant bridge” is made by fastening two or more implants on opposite sides and is directly fixed into the bone tissue.

Why Do You Need a Bridge?

A missing tooth can trigger the surrounding natural teeth to move out of position making them more prone to gum disease and tooth decay. This can in turn lead to further tooth loss or even chewing and speaking difficulties. A bridge not only helps you in achieving a confident smile but also helps in avoiding chewing or speaking difficulties in the future. A fixed bridge can help you eliminate such problems and maintain the natural shape of your face too.

What is the Total Treatment Time?

Starting from creating a bridge to inserting it takes several steps depending on the patient. The dentist first creates the foundation of the bridge to attach to, and then the bridge in an aesthetically pleasing and functional way. This is probably going to take multiple visits over two to four weeks depending on the bridge and patient situation.

Caring for a Dental Bridge

Maintaining proper dental hygiene is important for a lot of reasons. But if you have a dental bridge, you have to be extra careful about your oral health as a strongly relies on its foundation on which it is planted. If taken care of well, a fixed bridge can last up to eight to ten years or longer.


The dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to the neighbouring natural teeth or dental implants. It fills the gap left by missing teeth, improving your smile’s appearance and functionality.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last 5 to 15 years, sometimes even longer. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing are essential for ensuring the longevity of your dental bridge.
The cost of dental bridges can vary depending on several factors, including the number of missing teeth, the type of bridge used, the materials used, and the case’s complexity. It’s best to consult a dentist to get an accurate estimate based on your needs. For more information about dental bridges and our services, please get in touch with us: (604) 941-0244

Determining whether a dental bridge or implant is better depends on various factors, including your individual oral health, budget, personal preferences, and the location of the missing tooth/teeth. A dental bridge is a suitable choice if you have healthy adjacent teeth supporting the bridge and if cost is a consideration.

On the other hand, dental implants provide a more permanent and independent solution as they are surgically placed in the jawbone, offering excellent stability and long-term durability. Consulting with a dental professional is the best way to evaluate your specific needs and determine the most suitable option.

Dental bridges can be made to replace one or more missing teeth. The number of teeth that can be included on a bridge depends on various factors, such as the condition of the surrounding teeth, the available support, and the overall oral health of the individual. Consulting with a dentist will help determine the best design for a bridge based on specific needs.