What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are the solution to missing teeth. They fill the gap in between two teeth using a false tooth. They are available in various materials like porcelain, gold, metal, alloys, etc. They use the two teeth on either side for support. The false tooth is known as pontics and the support teeth are called abutment teeth.

Types of bridges
Dental bridges are essentially of three kinds – traditional, Maryland and cantilever. The traditional bridges are widely popular and use the two teeth on either side of the gap as anchor. Cantilever bridge is used when there is a supporting tooth is present on any one side. Maryland bonded or resin bonded brides are supported on a metal framework and the tooth is made of porcelain fused with metal.

Procedure
The process for a dental bridge begins with an examination of your tooth and gum health by the dentist. If he feels you need a bridge, he gives you a local anaesthetic to prepare the support teeth. Then a model of the required teeth is prepared using the impression of your support teeth. Thereafter you are fitted with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums fro decay. Finally in another seating the dentist fits the bridge and the process is completed.

Cost
The cost of the dental bridge depends upon various factors like the need for additional procedures, like for the supporting teeth, location of the dentist, type of material used for the bridge, number of sittings required etc. It can also vary depending upon whether you have an insurance cover or not.

Longevity
The life of the bridge depends upon your oral care and hygiene. It can last for 10 to 20 years if properly cared for. Also, it is advisable to visit your dentist without delay in case of problems with the bridge.

Dental Bridges before and after

Dental Bridges Benefits


Tooth replacement has various benefits raging from cosmetic to health related. It restores your smile and the shape of your face. It also enables you to eat properly and avoids the other teeth from shifting out of place.

Eating and talking with a bridge
Initially you may face difficulties with chewing due to the bridge, but once you get accustomed to it, it makes eating comfortable. You will find it easier to eat if the food is soft and the bites small. Talking with missing teeth can be very inconvenient therefore bridges make it easier to talk as the teeth are in proper position.

Caring for a dental bridge
After the procedure is complete, you need to care for it properly to ensure it lasts long. Your dentist will tell you what steps are to be taken and how to brush and floss. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing with a special bridge floss threader will help you care for it. It is important to care for your teeth and gums to avoid decay and damage and to help the dental bridge remain in good condition.


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