What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is one way to replace missing 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 or partial dentures are removable appliances and may be uncomfortable to wear. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is permanently cemented and therefore will feel more natural than a removable partial denture. Because they are made of porcelain or metal, they are very durable and rigid.
Once a dental bridge is cemented, it will not have to be replaced for many years. The main issue is hygiene, or lack thereof. If hygiene is not ideal then tooth decay can develop around the margins where the tooth meets the porcelain. In this case, the old bridge will have to be removed and replaced with a new bridge. There is another type of bridge known as a Maryland bridge and is commonly used on anterior teeth that have pristine abutment teeth. The downside is that they are not as secure and will not last as long as a conventional bridge, which is why it’s rarely used.
Why do we need a dental bridge?
Losing a tooth can be troublesome, especially if it’s towards the front of the mouth where everyone can see it. Seeing a gap or a missing tooth is not very pleasing to look at when a person smiles. Losing a back tooth is not ideal either, but when it comes to someone’s smile, then losing a front tooth is more important. A dental bridge is a good way to replace a missing tooth, front of back, in a quick and esthetic manner.
Who will need a dental bridge?
There are several reasons why someone would need a bridge. It could be that someone is getting old and is starting to lose teeth as part of the aging process. It could be someone of any age 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.
A dental bridge is just one of a few options someone has to replace a missing tooth. It is a great way to restore missing teeth because it is made of porcelain and therefore it will look natural and blend with the rest of the adjacent teeth. It’s also a great option for those who want to have a fixed and permanent restoration. A dental bridge is permanently cemented and thus it will feel like it’s part of your natural dentition.
Treatment with a dental bridge – How is it done?
A dental bridge typically requires two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, the abutment teeth (the anchor teeth) are prepped to be the abutment crowns that will hold the porcelain missing tooth. These anchor 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.
It may seem harsh to do this to what is otherwise a good and sturdy tooth, but without the reductions, the bridge would not sit comfortably in the mouth. The final session is when the dental porcelain bridge or dental crown is cemented. The temporary bridge will be removed. The porcelain bridge will be fitted and adjustments will be made as necessary to get a good fit. A strong dental adhesive cement will hold it in place 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?
A dental bridge will replace missing teeth and therefore will close any unwanted and unesthetic gaps. Eating will become easier and smiling will be possible again! Dental bridges not only help bring back your smile, but it also removes additional pressure from other teeth because it balances out the bite.
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