Dental bridges are another popular apparatus which is used as a corrective measure towards dental issues. Bridges can be used as a complimentary procedure to dental implant. Like its name suggests, this involves the use of synthetic teeth or restorations which are firmly placed adjacent to a natural teeth as a way of closing the gap caused by a missing tooth.
In a lot of cases, people lose a tooth or two and then take it for granted – but it is important that missing teeth are replaced to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting over towards the gap which is detrimental to the dental health as well as to the appearance.
Bridges come under two segments – The most common type is the dental bridge which is worn for corrective purposes. The second one is the cosmetic bridge which, as the name suggest is used to enhance the facial and dental structure and also improve the position of the teeth.
A bridge is a dental structure which consists of a false tooth – known as a pontic which lies between two crowns. These crowns help to secure the pontic in place, effectively bridging the gap left by a missing tooth. The pontic sits in the gap and the two crowns fit over natural teeth on each side of this gap. This helps to support these teeth and prevents them from leaning into the gap.
Considering the delicate nature of our dentures, only a very selective group of materials can be utilized to fabricate a bridge – Some of the most common materials are gold, ceramic or alloys. The ceramic bridge is often preferred to the metal ceramic bridge (also known as the porcelain fused to metal bridge) for a lot of medical and esthetic reasons.
There is more than one type of bridge which includes:
Fixed bridge (traditional)
Maryland bonded bridge
The description of the bridge above refers to the traditional fixed bridge. This is the most popularly worn bridge and is a permanent addition.
Bridges blend easily with the natural surroundings and thus have both the cosmetic as well as dental value. All ceramic or the Zirconia bridges are even more natural than the metallic or fusion bridges. They prevent bone loss and misaligned teeth caused by a gap and improve your appearance. Usually a well maintained bridge lasts for a life time – if a proper dental hygiene is maintained for the bridge as it is done for the remaining of the teeth.
Ideally, Bridges require a couple of visits before they can be installed properly. Your first visit at All Care Dental will involve counseling sessions with our experts and this is followed by a trimming of the teeth either side of the gap in order to receive the crowns. Next an impression is taken of your teeth via a soft mould which is used in the production of your bridge. You can utilize a temporary bridge before the permanent one is placed. During the second visit, the permanent bridge will be placed with precision.
All through the process, you are in safe hands with the dental team of All Care Dental!