Missing teeth in the mouth creates embarrassment along with inciting numerous problems. It badly affects your ability to chew various food items and can cause speech problems. However, it’s worse effect comes into play when you smile. The missing tooth can also lead to other problems like temporomandibular joint disorder, and the increase in the risk of periodontal disease , along with higher chance of tooth decay. The missing teeth can have a harmful effect on the self esteem of the person.

Dental bridges are like partial implants which are used in cosmetic dentistry, to replace one or several missing teeth

Types of Dental Bridges

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit.

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

The procedure for dental bridge

The dentist firstly conducts a thorough examination of your gums and other teeth to determine your eligibility for the bridge. If you qualify as a candidate for the bridge, the dentist will initially give you a local anesthesia and then start preparing the surrounding teeth for fitting the bridge.

Then to prepare the bridge, the impression of your tooth is taken on putty like material. As the bridge is fabricated until your next visit, the dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your gums and teeth. The dental bridge is fitted and cemented on your second session with the dentist.

How long do the bridges last?

With a good commitment to oral hygiene, you can be assured that the dental bridge will serve you effectively for about 10 years or more.

The bridge looks like your natural teeth. The cost of bridges is equivalent to the cost of crowns. A three tooth bridge would cost like ordering three crowns.

Dental bridges have been proven to improve the smile and make the chewing easier. Bridges have also enhanced the speech quality for many people, thereby boosting up their self esteem.

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