A Dental Bridge – What Is It, What Problem Does It Solve and How Is It Installed?
A dental bridge is the ideal way to replace a lost tooth or even lost teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a denture.
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What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is the ideal way to replace a lost tooth or even lost teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a removable denture. Dentures can be difficult to get used to and have to be removed. A dental bridge will stay in place and be a part of your teeth from the day it is put in place. They will last a long time. And if the teeth on either side of them that will be acting as support are secure, it will be hard to tell that you are wearing one.
Once a dental bridge is in place, it will not have to be replaced for many years. The main problem is that the bone in the jaw alters, and the bridge becomes loose and therefore has to be replaced. There is a version known as a Maryland bridge and this will be smaller and less intrusive than the standard bridges that are generally fitted. The downside is that they are not as secure and will not last as long as a conventional bridge. Having a bridge that could fall out at any time is not going to be recommended by anyone.
Why do we need a dental bridge?
Losing a tooth can be worrying and if it is near to the front of the mouth, then it is guaranteed that you will want something to replace it. No one wants to have a gap, and there are also practical reasons why there needs to be a bridge set in place. If one tooth is lost to the rear of the mouth it will not be a problem, but when it is nearer the front, eating can become difficult. With a gap, eating and chewing will not be as easy as they will be with a full mouth of teeth. At the beginning it may seem more of a problem than the gap, as it will be a large foreign object that is in the mouth. As with any dental work, the longer it is there the more you get used to it and soon you will forget that it is there.
Who will need a dental bridge?
It is hard to say who is affected by a bridge other than people who need one and this could be for a lot of different reasons. It is rare that someone will grow up knowing that at some stage they will be a candidate for a bridge. It could be male or female, young or old; it all depends upon lifestyle, life chances and circumstance. Good or bad luck plays a large part, as there are ways that you can look after your teeth to make sure they last a long time. But, then something can happen to mean you suddenly have a gap that needs to be filled.
It could be someone who is getting old and has started to lose teeth as part of the aging process. It could be someone of any age who has neglected their teeth and is now losing them as a result of bacteria and infection requiring them to be removed. It could be someone who has been in an accident and suffered trauma to the mouth and this has resulted in the loss of at least one tooth.
Treatment with a dental bridge – How is it done?
There will have to be a few visits to the dentist to have this put in place. The first one will be to take impressions so that the dentist and the lab will know the exact location of the gap and also a model to help them make the bridge. It is possible that a temporary bridge will be made and put in place and there is a good reason for this. The teeth that will be used to support the bridge are going to have to be made smaller, so that they will not be built up too much once the bridge is in place. No one will be happy walking around with teeth that have been shaved back and there is also the risk of them damaging soft tissue, if they are left a little too sharp.
It may seem harsh to do this to what is otherwise a good and sturdy tooth, but without the alterations bridge would not sit comfortably in the mouth. The final session will be to have the finished dental porcelain bridge or dental crown put in place. The temporary one will have to be taken out and disposed of, and then the new one slipped over the teeth it is going to cover. A strong dental adhesive will hold it is place. It may be a little worrying at first as you may not be sure that it is going to stay in place, but after a few days you will be aware that it is still as strongly attached and become more confident. Another option of having a dental implant is possible as well to replace a missing space or broken tooth.
What are the results of this?
The results of a bridge being put in place will be a proper smile and no gaps in the teeth. Eating will be a lot easier and you will not be afraid to smile. Additional pressure will not be put on other teeth that would otherwise have to take the extra load if there was a gap in the teeth. You will be much more confident and not afraid to let others see your teeth. When the teeth do not look good, it will be easy to further neglect them. If you are not happy with what is there you may be less inclined to clean them as well as they should be cleaned and avoid making the correct amount of dental appointments. It could end up being a vicious circle – there is a gap in the teeth, so you neglect them meaning that there ends up being another gap in the teeth, meaning that you neglect them further. This will not end well, and as soon as there is a gap, it should be dealt with or else the teeth will shift and having a dental bridge may not be an option anymore.