Dental bridges are false teeth and literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic and it is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on either side of the false tooth thereby bridging them together. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Types of dental bridges:
traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded bridges
Material of dental bridges:
porcelain fused to metal, full porcelain, gold porcelain, galvan gold, zirconium or procera.
During the dental bridge procedure:
Dental bridges takes place over 2 or 3 or sometimes more visits during your stay.
During the first visit, the patient receives local anesthesia, and the dentist re-contours the abutment teeth so that a crown will fit over them. Teeth impressions taken during this visit form a model to guide the creation of the dental bridge.
The dentist creates and fits a temporary bridge or crown to protect the exposed teeth, while the final bridge is being manufactured. The bridge will be made in a dental laboratory by a technician. A second visit is necessary to remove the temporary bridge or crown and replace it with the permanent bridge.
There may be required more visits required between the first and second visit to ensure a proper fit and bite, etc and to try on the frame. With good oral hygiene and dental care, dental bridges usually last between 5 and 15 years.
Dental Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your smile and appearance.
Adjacent teeth leaning into the a space may alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together affecting speech and the shape of your face. Gum disease and tooth decay will result if food accumulates in the gaps between teeth. It is also really important to know how to take care of your dental bridges. We have some good advice:
Practice good dental hygiene:
Clean the dental bridge everyday and prevent tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. Clean under the false tooth every day. Keep the remaining teeth healthy as these serve as the foundation for the dental bridge.
Brushing and flossing:
Brush twice and floss daily with dental floss. Hold onto the longer piece of floss, gently bring it up and pull the pointed end all the way through. Floss using both your hands, moving the floss back and forth under the bridge. Floss the bridge completely from its one end to the other.