What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a form of orthodontic procedure used to bridge the gap between teeth. These gaps between teeth can cause numerous problems such as:
This orthodontic treatment is very common due to low risks, affordability and durability.
There are 3 types of dental bridges available and they all consist of a false tooth (or teeth) that fill in the empty space and two crowns, one on each side of it, whose task is to support the false tooth.
The false tooth is called pontics and the supporting teeth are also called abutment teeth. Dental implants can also assume the role of abutment teeth, as well as the natural teeth already located in your mouth.
Are Dental Bridges Suitable for You?
As a general guide, dental bridges are suitable for patients that have:
Either way, you should consult with your dentist to determine your eligibility for a dental bridge.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are many health and aesthetic benefits of this treatment. Some of the benefits are:
Furthermore, dental bridges will be made to the same colour and texture of your surrounding teeth. As a result, they become indistinguishable from your regular teeth.
Dental Bridges –Two Step Procedure
After your dentist has recommended that a dental bridge is your best option, you will need to make two visits to complete your treatment.
During the first visit, the supporting teeth are prepared by removing a part of dentin and enamel to make space for a crown to be placed.
After that, a detailed and accurate impression of your teeth will be made and this will be sent to a dental laboratory to make your bridge. Your dentist will also install a temporary bridge to protect your teeth.
On your next visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be installed in its place. Since it might require additional adjustments, you might need to visit the dentist a few more times.
If you are getting a permanent (fixed) bridge, your dentist may decide to temporarily cement it to check if it is a proper fit. In this case, you will wear your bridge for a few weeks and it will be permanently cemented only after making sure that it fits well into place.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
On average, dental braces can last approximately 5 to 7 years. It is not uncommon for them to last more than 10 years if you clean them regularly and maintain proper oral hygiene.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Due to the structure of dental bridges, it has unique cleaning challenges. Here are the 3 steps you should follow to achieve proper oral hygiene with dental bridges.
Considering that the lifespan of a dental bridge largely depends on the supporting teeth, it is very important to maintain oral hygiene and keep the other teeth in your mouth in good shape. Discuss with your dentist how to brush and floss your teeth properly and make sure to do that twice a day.
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