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Dental Bridges - What You Need To Know

2016 04 08
Missing teeth? Trip to the dentist coming up? Let us explain to you the kinds of procedures on offer. This time, we give you the lowdown on dental bridges.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges cover the gap between missing teeth and are made up of at least two dental crowns, or more. The real teeth either side of the gap are known as abutment teeth, and these provide anchoring for the dental bridge.

Why should I get a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges have various advantages. They will restore your smile back to its original appearance, allow you to speak and chew as normal, and maintain the shape and integrity of your bite, so that you don’t develop gum disease and tooth decay.

By maintaining the alignment of your teeth, they will also stop your remaining teeth from falling out of place. There can also be other reasons for treatment, such as covering a badly shaped tooth, or a dental implant.

What types Of Bridges are there?

There are three types of bridges: Traditional, Cantilever and Resin Bonded. Traditional bridges are the most popular, and resin bonded bridges are made from porcelain.

What is the procedure for fitting a Dental Bridge?

This kind of dental treatment involves preparatory work, with the reduction of the remaining abutment teeth to ensure that the bridge fits correctly. Enamel is removed to make way. Once this has been completed, a dental impression is taken using a mold, and if porcelain is the material for the bridge, the dentist will match the shade to the teeth that remain.

While the bridge is being developed in a laboratory, a temporary bridge is used as a placeholder. Once it is complete, the final, completed bridge replaces the temporary bridge, and is fixed into place over the affected area, which has been prepared to ensure it fits. After a few weeks, the bridge will be fixed firmly, and have settled into place.

How long do Bridges last?

Bridges can last anything from five up to fifteen years, depending upon care and maintenance, and they can last much longer. The key to longevity is practicing sensible dental hygiene, by brushing and flossing regularly.

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