Dental bridges are dental prosthetics that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They literally bridge the gap between existing teeth, using a false tooth or multiple false teeth that are anchored in place by neighboring natural teeth or dental implants. The result is a seamless and functional smile.
There are different types of dental bridges available, depending on your specific needs. Traditional bridges involve placing crowns on the adjacent natural teeth and a pontic (false tooth) in between them. Cantilever bridges are used when there's only one adjacent tooth available for support. Maryland-bonded bridges use metal or porcelain frameworks bonded to the back of adjacent teeth with resin cement.
The Procedure for Getting a Dental Bridge
Getting a dental bridge is a straightforward procedure that involves several steps to ensure optimal results. Here's an overview of the step-by-step process:
The first step is to schedule an appointment with our dentist for a consultation. During this visit, the dentist will assess your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for a dental bridge.
Preparing the Abutment Teeth
If you're deemed eligible, the next step involves preparing the abutment teeth – those adjacent to the gap where the missing tooth or teeth once were. The dentist will reshape these teeth by removing some enamel to make room for crowns that will support the bridge.
Impressions and Temporary Bridge
After reshaping the abutment teeth, impressions of your mouth will be taken to create a custom-made bridge in a dental laboratory. While waiting for this permanent bridge to be fabricated, the dentist will place a temporary one to protect the exposed teeth.
Fitting and Adjustments
Once your permanent bridge is ready, you'll return for the fitting. The dentist checks the fit and makes any necessary adjustments before cementing the bridge in place using strong adhesive materials.
It's essential to attend regular follow-up appointments with the dentist after getting a dental bridge fitted. These visits allow them to monitor how well they're functioning and address any concerns promptly.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer a range of benefits for individuals who are missing one or more teeth.
One major advantage is improved aesthetics. A dental bridge fills in the gap left by missing teeth, restoring your smile and enhancing your overall appearance.
Dental bridges not only improve your smile but also help maintain the shape of your face. When you lose teeth, facial muscles can sag and cause you to look older. By filling in those gaps with a dental bridge, you can retain a youthful appearance.
Restore Oral Functionality
In addition to aesthetic benefits, dental bridges restore oral functionality. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew food properly or speak clearly. With a dental bridge in place, you can enjoy eating a wider variety of foods without discomfort or embarrassment.
Dental bridges prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of position. When there are gaps between teeth due to missing ones, neighboring teeth have a tendency to shift toward these spaces over time. This can lead to misalignment and bite issues that may require further treatment down the line.
Easy to Maintain
Another benefit worth noting is that dental bridges are relatively easy to maintain compared to other tooth replacement options like dentures. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to the dentist, will keep your bridge clean and ensure its longevity.
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