What Are Dental Bridges?
If you have one or more missing teeth, it’s easy to feel self-conscious about your appearance. The impacts of missing teeth not only hurts the aesthetics of your smile but I can also start the deterioration of your jawbone below. Patients who have multiple missing teeth don’t necessarily understand the health risks they may be undergoing if they do not replace those teeth. Missing teeth can actually aid in additional tooth loss, the spread of bacteria in both in teeth and also cause tooth decay. The natural teeth that stay standing will also start to drift to fill in the missing space which will give your teeth the shift they don’t need. The surrounding empty tissue will also become more susceptible to decay and diseases. A great way that many dental professionals recommend to replace multiple missing teeth out of time can be achieved by using a dental bridge.
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What are Dental Bridges Made From?
Dental bridges can last a patient from many years potentially depending on how well the restoration is maintained. The bridges are made from long-lasting materials that are typically zirconia and porcelain. The restoration tooth and dental crowns are typically made of porcelain which is a material that is popularly used in the cosmetic dental industry. Porcelain is the only material that can mimic the aesthetics and strength of a natural tooth. When polished, the porcelain restoration can be mistaken for a natural tooth as well as offer the functionality of one as well. In some cases, a mixture of composite and glass is used with the porcelain to create a similar shine that natural teeth portray. In any case, the materials used or long-lasting and can last even longer so long as the patient brushes and flosses their teeth and care for their restoration just as if they would lose their natural teeth.
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What Is The Process?
If the patient is in need of dental bridges they can typically be placed and finalized within a couple of dental appointments. The first appointments, aside from the consultation, involves the contouring and reshaping of the surrounding teeth next to the missing pocket. Once the teeth are completely contoured and shaped ready to receive dental crowns, the dentist will take either a mold impression or a digital impression of the newly shaped teeth. This mold will be sent to the dental lab where the dental bridge will be created and shaped, custom made for the patient's exact teeth.
The patient will likely be called back to the dental office after 1-2 weeks. The dental bridge will be ready to be placed on the patient’s teeth and bonded to the natural teeth on the second appointment. Before the dental bridge is officially bonded permanently to the natural teeth, the bridge will be fitted to the natural teeth, and the dentist will ensure the size, color, texture, shape, is exact and matching the natural teeth surrounding. The dentist will ask the patient bite down multiple times to ensure that the bite feels natural with the dental bridge in place. Once the patient and dentist are happy with the placement of the dental bridge, it will be cemented to the natural teeth, and it will not be removed from there on out.
Post Care Tips
Dental bridges can last for many many years. However, it is important for the patient to care for the new dental bridge as they would their own natural teeth. Their teeth mostly brushed twice today and floss at least once a day as well. It is highly recommended for every dental patient to visit the dentist every six months in order to have a dental checkup and the deep clean twice a year. During these checkups, the dentist can catch any spread of bacteria or prevent any form of decay before it begins. Visiting your dentist bi-annually can ensure the lifespan of the dental bridges for a much longer period of time.
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Dental Bridge Details
Dental bridges can also be known as fixed bridges and are used to replace a singular tooth or perhaps even several teeth at once. If you are in need of closing the gap between teeth, a dental bridge might be the right treatment option for you. Dental bridges get their name because they “bridge the gap” between teeth. This is a separate appliance that is created at your dentist’s dental lab and is inserted as a dental appliance.
There are multiple forms of dental bridges that can be used depending on how many teeth need to be replaced as well as where the teeth are located in the mouth. The typical dental bridge that is used for a traditional replacement is called a Pontic. This dental bridge is known to be a filler tooth that is surrounded and anchored by abutments that are in forms of dental crowns. The neighboring teeth on each side of the missing tooth must be prepped and contoured in order to receive the dental crowns properly. The enamel of these two teeth must be completely removed and impressions must be taken in order for the dental lab to create custom-made dental crowns to fit over the top of these teeth. This is to ensure the teeth do not look bulkier once the dental crown has been placed. The dental crowns will be created with a replacement tooth bonded to the center so that the tooth can be a placeholder for the missing tooth.
There is another form of a dental bridge that can be used to replace a tooth that doesn’t have to natural teeth on either side. This kind of dental bridge is not recommended as the missing tooth is likely in the back of the mouse and is the only neighboring tooth may not be strong enough to withhold the pressure of holding a replacement tooth to one side. While this dental bridge can be done, it isn’t recommended as it can potentially harm the natural tooth next to the missing space.
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