What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed prosthodontic treatment, which involves replacing the missing tooth with the help of a fake tooth, which is set to the neighboring natural teeth using crowns. Like in a bridge, two pillars support the hanging portion; dental bridges have two or more crowns fixed on the adjacent natural tooth to support the fake middle tooth (pontic) attached to them. These bridges are customized and fabricated in the laboratory to fit the teeth perfectly and are fixed; hence cannot be removed by the patient.
Who can get Dental Bridges?
Anyone who has his/her front or back teeth missing can avail dental bridges as long they have healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth. And yes, of course, one can have more than one tooth replaced too! A dentist will need to evaluate the adjoining teeth for support. It is essential to replace missing teeth as it improves the overall appearance considerably if replacing front teeth. Furthermore, gaps in posterior teeth can be very detrimental as they affect speech and hinder the proper chewing of food. Due to missing teeth, the chewing forces are improperly distributed among the other teeth putting inadvertent stresses and ultimately leading to the weakening of gums and periodontal breakdown.
What are the different types of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can either be tooth-supported or implant-supported. For tooth-supported bridges, tooth preparation is done so that the prosthesis can be fabricated in the lab customized to the preparation margins. For implant-supported bridges, the bridge derives support from the implants which are placed in the first step. For both varieties, a dental impression is taken and models sent to the lab for fabrication. With the advent of digital dentistry and newer advanced technology in place, dentists are doing away with alginate impressions and shifting to intraoral digital scans to create 3D simulated models. This facilitates an easy and quick transfer of the 3D models to the labs, thus saving time and increasing the accuracy, precision, and predictability of the prosthesis and improving the job’s efficiency. CAD-CAM technology is being used by labs to create stunning prostheses with superior quality and accuracy.
Why Choose Dental bridges?
Dental bridges are one of the two most popular solution for missing teeth replacement worldwide, with the other being Dental Implants. They are fixed, provide excellent aesthetics, and do not involve any surgical procedures as in dental implants. Dental bridges when crafted well, can provide excellent shade matching and give an incredibly natural look! If taken care of properly, they can last a lifetime. Consult with your dentist to see whether Dental Bridges are the right option for you. We are more than happy to help with a free Dental Case Consultation or refer you to a suitable dentist.