Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges | What Does It Do?

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a procedure that can aid in replacing missing teeth by using artificial (fake) teeth to bridge the gap.

Pontics: This artificial tooth (false tooth) or teeth bridges the space and is fastened to the crowns.

These artificial teeth, or pontics, may be constructed out of porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of these materials.

A normal dental bridge consists of teeth called abutment teeth that are on either side of the gap and have two crowns placed on them by a dentist. Your natural existing teeth or dental implants may serve as these supporting teeth.

Why Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental bridges may help. Tooth decay, gum disease, and physical trauma are the three most frequent causes of lost teeth.

Or perhaps you were born without teeth as a result of a congenital disorder. You need healthy teeth on each side of the missing teeth in order to get a dental bridge.

Your teeth assist each other. The surrounding teeth of a lost tooth may shift into the gap. The opposing jaw’s remaining teeth may also shift upward or downward toward the opening. This may lead to:

  • Not being able to chew properly
  • Not being able to bite properly
  • Insecurity in your smile
  • Teeth and jaw experiencing extra stress, causing pain

Dental Bridge Procedure

Dental Bridge Procedure

Typically, you’ll require at least two appointments:

The first being the preparation of the abutment teeth and impressions.

Preparation of the abutment teeth: During your initial visit, your dentist will reshape the abutment teeth which could be your natural tooth or implants. To make way for the crown, some of the enamel and dentin will be removed.

Impressions: Your dentist takes digital scans of your teeth or takes impressions of them. Your bridge, fake teeth, and crowns are all made in a dental laboratory using the mould or scan as a model.

While the dental lab is making your bridge, you will have a temporary bridge to cover the exposed parts in your mouth.

The second appointment will be the placement of the permanent bridge.

Your doctor will replace the temporary bridge with the new one. In order to ensure that the bridge fits you comfortably, your provider will thoroughly inspect it and make any necessary modifications.

Dental bridges cost around $650 to $1800.

What Types of Dental Bridges Are There?

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There are mainly four different types of dental bridges including:

Traditional Bridges

This is the most commonly chosen type of dental bridge. It has one or more connected filler teeth, as well as two or more crowns on the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap.

The traditional bridge is secured by the dental crowns. Metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramics are the usual materials used to make traditional bridges.

Implant Supported Bridge

This type of dental bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge with the exception that it is held in place by dental implants instead of being cemented in place.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Maryland bridge is also known as resin-bonded bridge.

If your front teeth are missing, you might need a Maryland bridge. It is supported by a framework and made of porcelain bonded to metal or ceramic teeth. Each side of the bridge has metal wings that are attached to your natural teeth.

Cantilever Bridges

The pontic of a cantilever bridge is attached to only one abutment tooth. If you only have adjacent teeth on one side of the gap, this is usually an option for you.

Alternatives for Dental Bridges

partial dentures

Some people opt for removable false teeth called partial dentures. To clean your partial denture, you would have to remove them so this might not be a permanent solution for you but can serve as a temporary fix.

You may also consider a dental implant. Your jaw will be surgically implanted with an implant.

The ideal alternative for you can be determined with the assistance of your dentist.

Post Procedure After Care

good oral health

The strength and condition of the other teeth in your mouth are key factors in the dental bridge’s success.

You should prioritise good oral health to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which can result in tooth loss, and this is particularly crucial when using a bridge. To take proper care of your teeth and gums, you should:

Brush your teeth with soft bristled toothbrush twice a day and floss daily to maintain good oral hygiene. Your dental hygienist can show you the proper way of brushing and flossing.

Get routine cleanings from a professional. Visiting a dentist regularly can help identify issues early, when treatment is most effective.

Eat a balanced diet. Include more soft foods like fruits and vegetables into your diet and try to limit chewy, fibrous foods like some meats.

How Vivid Dental Surgeons’ Dental Services Can Help You

Now that you know what a dental bridge is and why you need one, it is important to consult a medical professional to determine whether you are required to have one.

Our team of doctors are here to help you stay informed and conduct in-depth consultations before you make any decision to ensure your dental procedure has a high success rate.

Contact us today at +65 6227 7708 to book your consultation now!