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A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns fused for the teeth, on either side of the gap, to fill in gaps or missing teeth. These two or more anchoring teeth are referred to as abutment teeth and have false tooth/teeth in between.
Medically, the false/ artificial teeth are called pontics and are held in position by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold and alloys, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
While failure to bridge the gap has its consequences, bridging the gap, on the other hand, comes with a lot of benefits as well. Bridges can:
To avoid the problems which result from unfilled tooth gaps, we at Rathgar Dental have profound solutions, one of them is placing a dental bridge in your mouth to fill in the missing tooth/teeth space. dental bridges create a natural appearance while helping to restore your teeth, the more the reason why you should try it!
If you haven’t gone through this procedure before, worry not, for we are here to help you understand the process and what to expect as well.
If you have recently lost your tooth, whether due to a medical condition, an injury or natural causes, dental bridges offer one of the most common solutions to restoring your smile. But what if you decide not to bridge the gap?
Failure to not bridging the gap where you lost your tooth can bring a myriad of problems to your dental life. While a missing tooth can create an unsightly gap, the problem is more than just cosmetic. Other dire consequences include:
Worry not, for we at Rathgar Dental provide long-term dental solutions for you! We professionally close, or rather bridge, the gaps in your smile with the help of dental bridges. Just as from the name, dental bridges literally “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
These involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common and popular type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. They are frequently used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth.
The Maryland bridge or resin-bonded bridge is made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth. The Maryland bridge is also similar to the traditional bridge in that it employs two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. The only difference is that the Maryland bridge uses the above framework while a traditional bridge uses dental crowns.
The Cantilever Dental Bridge is similar to the traditional bridge but differs in the sense that in the cantilever dental bridge, the pontic is held in place by a dental crown that has been cemented to only one abutment tooth. For a cantilever bridge, one needs only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap. However, the cantilever dental bridge is no longer a common practice and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Your first visit for getting a dental bridge involves the preparation of abutment teeth. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. What follows next is the teeth impressions which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab.
While the bridge is being made, your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed, and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may, however, be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This, however, depends on each individual's case.
For instance, if the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to ensure it fits properly, and then after a couple of weeks, the bridge is cemented into place.
Several variables affect dental bridges pricing. These include:
The costs are also dependent on the type of bridge that you select:
Dental insurance will typically pay a percentage of the fee depending on the individual dental plan.
With the right treatment, a missing or damaged tooth doesn't have to impact the look of your smile or the overall condition of your mouth. Dental bridges offer several advantages, so if your dentist recommends this treatment for your condition, it's an excellent option! Dental bridges are known to last for over 10 years given good oral hygiene and regular checkups! With such a prolonged lifespan, dental bridges are worth the shot as they provide value for your money!
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