What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to fill the gap between two or more teeth.
This is be done by drilling down the adjacent teeth to prepare the sight so the bridge can be cemented over the top. They can be made from porcelain, precious metal or a combination of both materials.
The purpose of a dental bridge is to fill in any gaps caused by missing teeth and restore the person’s smile and self- confidence.
Types of dental bridges
There are several types of dental bridges available including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Using a dental bridge to fill a gap between missing teeth could be the best option for restoring your smile. Dental bridges can not only improve the look of your smile, but can also restore the function and health of your mouth.
The primary benefit of using a bridge is that it can help prevent additional tooth loss by taking the pressure off of nearby teeth as when there is an empty space, nearby teeth can drift out of place.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
While a bridge can often be used to replace missing teeth and fill the gap between them, it’s not always possible.
In order for a bridge to be placed successfully, there must be enough sturdy surrounding teeth to support the structure and hold it in place. If the surrounding teeth are too weak or decayed for a bridge, they may need to think of a different option.
What the Dental Bridge Procedure Entails
Before attaching the bridge, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing some enamel to make room for crowns to be placed over them. Next, impressions or a digital scan of your mouth will be taken and sent to the lab to be made. Or this may be made in house, depending if the practice has a lab on site. You will then be sent away with a temporary bridge in place whilst this is made.
You will then come back 1-2 weeks later to remove the temporary bridge and have the lab made bridge fit.
Considering the Costs of Dental Bridges
Before deciding on a dental bridge as an option, it’s important to consider the costs involved.
The cost of a dental bridge depends on several factors, such as the number of teeth being replaced and the type of material used. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges are typically more expensive than traditional gold bridges, but they often look better and last longer. You would need to get a price from your dentist as each dental practice may charge different.
Extending the Life of Your Dental Bridge
With proper care, your dental bridge can last for many years; however, it is important to understand how you can extend the life of your dental bridge and keep it looking its best. First and foremost, you should brush twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Additionally, flossing and using interdental brushes every day will help remove plaque from beneath the bridge as well as the adjacent teeth. Regular dental hygiene visits are recommended to keep the patient motivated and show the best oral hygiene to keep everything clean and healthy.