Dental Bridges give you a reason to smile more often
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth used to replace a lost tooth. It is a permanent piece that is designed to fill the gaps. The artificial tooth is merged between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are fixed to the teeth on each side of the artificial tooth, and this artificial tooth is made to hang between them, similar to a bridge. Dental bridges are available in metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics and gold.
Why gaps between teeth are a risk
Many people don’t bother getting a replacement for a lost tooth because of numerous reasons which includes not willing to spend money for replacing a tooth. Spaces between teeth can have a bad effect of your dental health.
- Spaces between teeth can cause the existing teeth to drift and shift. This changes the bite position causing the teeth to become crooked.
- Missing spaces between teeth increase the chances of decay due to food particles getting accumulated in these spaces. This ultimately leads to gum diseases.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
- Dental Bridges fill up the spaces between your teeth and can reduce the above said risks. Bridges also rectify the bite issues and this can enhance your speech.
- Dental bridges are aesthetic. They improve your smile, appearance and boost your confidence and increase your happiness.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are mainly 3 types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Fixed Bridge
Fixed bridges, as the name suggests, are fixed and cannot be removed from your mouth. Two crowns are used to keep it in position. These crowns are joined onto your teeth on each side of the artificial tooth. This procedure is applicable in the case of one or more missing teeth.
- Resin Bonded Bridges
A resin bonded bridge is mainly used for the frontal teeth. This bridge is the best option when the abutment teeth, that is the teeth on either side of the bridge, are in good condition and healthy and don’t have any large fillings. The bridge is merged to the metal bands which are then adhered to the abutment teeth with a resin. This kind of dental bridge brings down the amount of preparation needed to be done on the neighboring teeth, and is usually less costly than a fixed bridge.
- Cantilever Bridges
A cantilever bridge is also meant for the front teeth. A cantilever bridge is used only on places where there are teeth on only one side of the open gap. This procedure includes attaching the dental bridge to the side of one or more neighboring teeth.
The procedure for Dental Bridges
- Normally, it requires two appointments to put in a dental bridge.
- During the first appointment, the dentist will take X-rays to verify tooth and bone health to make sure that the bridge is the best option for you.
- The second step involves getting your teeth ready for the bridge. A mild anesthetic will be applied to the mouth, and the dentist will free an area neighboring the teeth on either side of the space, to house the dental bridge.
- The dentist will also get an impression of your mouth. This impression is needed for designing the bridge and the crown for you. Before your original bridge arrives a temporary dental bridge will be placed in the gap to guard your teeth and gums.
- In about two weeks you will have to go return to the clinic for the second appointment.
- The temporary bridge will be removed and a new and permanent bridge will be fixed. After being examined, and a few tweaks and adjustments for correcting the bite, the new dental bridge will then be cemented to the teeth.
How Long Dental Bridges Last
With regular dental visits and regular home care, Dental Bridges can last for a long period of time, 10-15 years.
How to take care of Dental Bridges
Unlike dentures, Dental Bridges do not need a lot of extra care other than regular brushing and flossing. The most important thing to remember is to floss under the artificial tooth in order to keep that region clean.
But it is very crucial to maintain the health of the surrounding natural teeth because these are the foundation for the dental bridge.
Your dentist will be give you the necessary guidelines and instructions to keep your teeth free from infections and decay. With regular dental check-ups, a routine oral maintenance and a healthy diet you can keep smiling confidently for a very long time.
If you are in need of dental bridges give us a call today or book an appointment with us. We can discuss treatment options to make you smile better!