One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the beauty and aesthetics of your smile. Missing teeth can cause difficulty in biting, shifting of teeth, impairment of speech and temporomandibular joint disorder. You can overcome this defect by the use of dental bridges. Here’s all you need to know about dental bridges.

  1. What is a Dental Bridge?

As the name suggests, a dental bridge is a treatment option that bridges the gap formed by missing teeth. These false teeth, also called pontics are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. The more precious the metal, the better the bridge fits. Hence, gold is the most commonly used metal for dental bridges.

  1. What are the types of Dental Bridges?

There are three types of dental bridges:

  • Traditionally Fixed Bridges: They are immovable or fixed bridges and the most widely used. They require shaping of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth.

  • Resin Bonded Bridges: They are less expensive and preferred for front teeth. They require less preparation of the surrounding teeth as compared to the first type.

  • Cantilever Bridges: They are used when the missing tooth has only one adjacent surrounding tooth. They are used for mouth parts which are not under severe strain.

  1. Are you a suitable Candidate for Dental Bridges?

Your dentist will ascertain whether you are suitable for getting dental bridges done. You must be in good general health and have enough bone to support bridges. You should have healthy gums and strong teeth. If your surrounding teeth are weak or damaged, then first that needs to be worked upon, before beginning the replacement of your missing tooth.

  1. What happens during the Procedure?

Your dentist administers local anesthesia to the area to be worked on. Then, she files and shapes the teeth surrounding your missing tooth. Any extra enamel is removed to give room for the crown. Then, the crowns are placed on these teeth. The crowns act as a support to the false teeth that need to be inserted. Finally, your dentist will place the artificial tooth onto the required area. It usually takes two visits for the entire procedure.

  1. What care is needed after Treatment?

You may experience some discomfort during the initial days as your mouth and gums get used to the bridges. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque from building up. Also, brush around your teeth and under the bridge. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning. Maintain a healthy diet and go easy on biting and chewing.

  1. How much do Dental Bridges Cost?

The overall cost of the dental procedure depends on several factors such as the type of material used in the bridge, pre-preparation of surrounding teeth, the need for additional implant procedures and other similar factors.

     7. What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?

  • Permanently fixed, no need for removal for cleaning

  • With proper care, can last for up to 10-15 years

  • Fitting process is generally quick and pain-free

  • Helps to maintain your facial structure and shape

  • Restores the aesthetics of your smile

Are you looking for a replacement option for your missing teeth? Then book an appointment with our in-house dentist to restore your beautiful, natural smile.