What Are Dental Bridges?A dental bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is a common way to replace single or multiple missing teeth. There should be stable, healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to successfully prepare and deliver a dental bridge.
What Are Some Benefits Of A Dental Bridge?
- Restore your smile that may be looking bad due to the missing tooth.
- Restore the ability to chew properly and speak. A missing tooth can cause you discomfort while eating and chewing.
- Help you maintain the shape of the face.
- Help in distributing the bite forces evenly by replacing the missing teeth.
- Prevent the remaining teeth from being damaged and provide additional support.
What is the procedure for a dental bridge?
The abutment teeth are “shaved down” by approximately 1-1.5mm or more to accommodate the custom-made bridge retainers. The walls of the preparations must have the correct “draw” or parallelism.
Impression material is used to make an accurate mold of the teeth being treated, the surrounding teeth, and the bite. Impressions of all top and bottom teeth are made. This can also be accomplished digitally using a specialized scanner instead of impression material.
Formation of the dental bridge
The dental bridge will be created from the impression of the teeth to ensure that it will be an excellent fit for your teeth.
Cementation of the permanent bridge
Permanent dental bridges are cemented in place using a permanent adhesive. The bite is checked and adjusted as needed.
Dental bridges, like dental crowns, can be made of different materials, such as base metal alloy, gold alloy, porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, zirconia, porcelain-fused-to-zirconia.
Who Needs A Dental Bridge?
Gaps in your teeth can cause your other teeth to shift position and change your bite. These changes may lead to headaches, jaw pain, and a higher risk of periodontal disease.
Bridges serve several purposes:
- They restore a healthy bite to make chewing easy.
- Bridges may improve your smile.
- They may maintain facial contours.
- May decrease damage to other teeth from an uneven bite.
Are There Different Types Of Dental Bridges?
The traditional dental bridges use a crown that is directly positioned to replace the crown of the missing tooth. They are the most common type of implant that is used by dentists. The crowns used in the procedure are made of metal (gold or stainless steel) ceramic or porcelain.
These types of bridges are used when there is an adjacent tooth available next to the missing teeth. They are not in use anymore and are not recommended by dentists. They require too much force in the installation of the crown and may damage the other teeth.
These bridges are made from porcelain and the gums are supported by a metal framework. They provide additional support to the teeth and are bonded by the next existing tooth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you are missing a tooth, but the surrounding structures are strong enough to support a bridge, then you can benefit the most. If you cannot support a bridge, you may need another solution.
You should seriously consider it if you have the budget or the coverage. Gaps created from missing teeth can cause alignment issues, self-esteem issues, and more. Filling in the gap will alleviate a number of potential concerns.