Missing teeth in the mouth creates embarrassment along with inciting numerous problems. It badly affects your ability to chew various food items and can cause speech problems. However, it’s worse effect comes into play when you smile. The missing tooth can also lead to other problems like temporomandibular joint disorder, and the increase in the risk of periodontal disease , along with higher chance of tooth decay. The missing teeth can have a harmful effect on the self esteem of the person.
Dental bridges are like partial implants which are used in cosmetic dentistry, to replace one or several missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
The fixed dental bridges come in various types which include:
- Conventional fixed dental bridges
- Resin bonded bridges
- Cantilever bridges
For using cantilever bridges and conventional bridges, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth are required to be reshaped. An artificial tooth called pontic is attached to the crowns and this whole set is then placed on the area. The crowns are fit over the shaped teeth, thus also helping the artificial tooth to be fixed and held. Cantilever bridges are used when the teeth are only on one side of the missing part.
The resin bonded bridge is typically used to replace the front tooth and normally require less preparation of the adjacent teeth. For this the gums need to be healthy and surrounding teeth should not have too many fillings. The fixed bridges cannot be removed like partial dentures.
The procedure for dental bridge
The dentist firstly conducts a thorough examination of your gums and other teeth to determine your eligibility for the bridge. If you qualify as a candidate for the bridge, the dentist will initially give you a local anesthesia and then start preparing the surrounding teeth for fitting the bridge.
Then to prepare the bridge, the impression of your tooth is taken on putty like material. As the bridge is fabricated until your next visit, the dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your gums and teeth. The dental bridge is fitted and cemented on your second session with the dentist.
How long do the bridges last?
With a good commitment to oral hygiene, you can be assured that the dental bridge will serve you effectively for about 10 years or more.
The bridge looks like your natural teeth. The cost of bridges is equivalent to the cost of crowns. A three tooth bridge would cost like ordering three crowns.
Dental bridges have been proven to improve the smile and make the chewing easier. Bridges have also enhanced the speech quality for many people, thereby boosting up their self esteem.