You may ask, ‘What is a dental bridge?”, if you have no idea about it or have heard very little of it.
A dental bridge is known as the bridge between the gap created by one or more missing teeth or tooth. And it is regarded as a false tooth.
It replaces the tooth by either joining an artificial or false tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A dental bridge can be made from different types of materials, such as gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
They are typically made from porcelain to creatively and beautifully blend in with your natural teeth. Dental bridges are naturally supported by either the natural tooth or implants. Rest assured that it is a sufficiently numb process. In other words, undergoing it is a painless exercise and quite affordable.
If you have any area of your mouth spaced as a result of one or more teeth missing, you can use a dental bridge to rectify it. You should know that there is always a crown attached to the end of every bridge. So basically, the purpose of this dental bridge is to fill the gap where your natural teeth are missing.
Generally, there are three types of bridges available. These include the traditional bridges, the cantilever bridges and the Maryland bonded bridges.
1. The traditional bridges
These types of dental bridges are seen as the most common type of bridges made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. This process creates a crown for the implant or the tooth with a pontic in between. This process replaces a visible part of the missing teeth. Undergoing a traditional bridge procedure involves the replacement of your teeth completely from the root to the crown. Eventually, this becomes an important part of your body.
2. The cantilever bridges
If you have adjacent teeth that are only seen on the side of your missing tooth or teeth, then the cantilever bridge can be used. It is not recommended at the back of the teeth. This is because too much force will be excreted on the other teeth. This leads to severe damage to the implant.
3. The Maryland bonded bridges
The Maryland bonded bridges, on the other hand, refers to making use of metal or plastic teeth to one side of the existing bridge bonded by the already existing teeth. Before undergoing this procedure, it is advised you eat soft foods, which are cut into chunks after the process.
The Dental Process Involved
The first step is for you to visit a dental clinic. In getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. In the preparation of this, the teeth are removed and the enamel is removed to create room for the crown placed on top. After this, impressions of the teeth are created. Their function is to serve as a model for the Pontic, bridge and crown. A temporary bridge is made by your dentist to prevent the exposure of both the teeth and gum. Take note, this is temporary.
The temporary bridge is expected to be removed during your second visit. The new bridge which is either made of porcelain or metal will be checked and adjusted if necessary. It is advised to visit your dentist a couple more times to check the implants. After a couple of weeks, the bridge is expected to be cemented in place.
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Benefits of the Dental Bridge
You can derive a lot of benefits from Dental Bridge. The benefits include:
- Maintenance of your face.
- It helps restore your smile and build your public confidence.
- Allows you to bite and chew conveniently because of the measures put in place by replacing your missing tooth.
- Dental bridge prevents your teeth from moving out of its initial position
- It restores your natural smile in the event of tooth loss.
- It lets you pronounce words and speak freely. This is because there is usually difficulty in speech with missing teeth. Getting a dental bridge helps you eliminates that.
If your tooth was taken out some years ago, then a dental bridge can sometimes be made within 2-4 weeks. But if the extraction is very recent or hasn’t happened yet, it takes longer.
After undergoing the extraction process, it is advisable that you wait for about five to six months. This will allow the gum shape to stabilize before having a final bridge.