A tooth bridge consists of two or more crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap - these two or more anchor teeth are called support teeth - and a false tooth / gap teeth are called bridges and can be made of gold, metal alloys, porcelain or from a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
- They bring back your smile
- They restore the ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- They properly distribute the forces in your bite by replacing the missing teeth
- Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of place
There are 3 types of dental bridges:
Traditional dental bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a bridge in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of porcelain fused with metal or ceramic materials.
Single bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is no longer common and is not recommended in the back of the mouth as it can exert too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Maryland bridges (also called resin-bonded bridges or Maryland bridges) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused with metal or plastic teeth, and gums supported by a metal or porcelain frame. Metal or porcelain fins are often attached to your existing teeth on only one side of the bridge.
Bridges supported by implants
Implant-supported dental bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They can be used when you have more than one missing teeth. Instead of being supported by crowns or bridges, these bridges are supported by dental implants. Usually, an implant is placed for each missing tooth and this series of implants holds the bridge in place. However, the bridge may consist of a bridge suspended between two implant-supported hoops if it is not possible to place an implant for each missing tooth.
One downside is that it takes two surgeries to place the implants - the first to place the implants and the second to place the bridge - so you will have to wait at least 3 months to have your final bridge.
During the first visit to get a dental bridge, the teeth are prepared. The preparation involves transforming these teeth by removing a piece of enamel (enamel) to make room for a crown to be placed on them. Next, tooth impressions are taken, which serve as a model from which the bridge, the bridge and the crowns will be made in the dental laboratory. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums until the bridge is built.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be inspected and adjusted as necessary to achieve proper fit. It may take several visits to check the application of the metal frame and the bite. It depends on the individual case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist can fix the bridge with temporary adhesive for a few weeks to make sure it is the right one.
The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge chosen and the area of the mouth where the procedure is performed.
Who long do they last?
Dental bridges can last five to 15 years or even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups by a dentist, it is not uncommon for a bridge to have a lifespan of more than 10 years.
Will chewing be difficult?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should make chewing easier. Until he gets used to the bridge and at the beginning eat soft food that has been cut into small pieces.
Will speech be difficult;
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing. Wearing a dental bridge with the front teeth in the right relationship will help you speak properly.
How can I take care of a bridge?
It is important to keep the remaining teeth healthy as the success of the bridge (depending on the type chosen) depends on the stability offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash prevent the development of caries and gingivitis that can lead to tooth loss. The dentist can show you how to brush and floss. Adherence to a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage. Choosing a balanced diet is also important.