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There are occasions where, either due to injury or decay, it isn’t possible for a dentist to save a tooth. Missing teeth can often make people feel self-conscious, and depending on the location of the gap, can impact upon the functionality of the teeth and mouth. This is
So exactly what are dental bridges?
Dental bridges have been designed to literally bridge the gap where teeth are missing, essentially holding the remaining teeth in place. They are comprised of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, which
Benefits of dental bridges
Your dentist will probably recommend a dental bridge in order to:
Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting position.
Help you bite and/or chew properly.
Correct your bite.
Properly align your jaw.
Maintain the shape of your face.
Give you a great smile.
Varieties of dental bridges
There are three main varieties of dental bridge that may be recommended to you depending on where in your mouth the missing teeth are located.
A traditional bridge is the most commonly recommended treatment for missing teeth. As we described above, it involves creating crowns to go on the teeth either side of the gap which
Resin bonded bridges
Also sometimes referred to as a Maryland bonded bridge, this type of bridge can be supplied in a variety of material including porcelain fused to metal, complete porcelain or sometimes plastic teeth and gums that are supported by a porcelain or metal framework. The wings found on each side of the bridge, usually made
Probably the least common variety, cantilever bridges are used when there is only existing teeth on one side of the gap that can be anchored to. In the past there have been problems with cantilever bridges being used in the back of the mouth as they were found to exert too much pressure on the anchor tooth, causing damage and even breakages.
What will happen during the procedure to get a dental bridge?
A dental bridge will require at least two visits to your dentist.
During the first visit with your doctor, he will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth. After receiving a local anesthetic, your doctor will prepare the abutment teeth by filing away some of the enamel in order to make your tooth small enough for the crown to sit
When your bridge is ready you will be invited back in to see the doctor who will remove your temporary cover and fit your new smile. This may require multiple visits in order to ensure that the cover and fit is absolutely perfect. If your bridge is to eventually be cemented in place permanently, your dentist will probably suggest a ‘trial run’. This is where they are implanted with a temporary adhesive to check that they are completely comfortable before securing them in place with a permanent cement.
after your dental bridge
With proper care and attention, your dental bridge could last as long as twenty years! You should continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing,
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