A dental bridge is a false tooth which is fused between two
porcelain crowns in order to
replace a missing tooth. Each bridge is
custom made to fill in the space. If spaces are left
unfilled the surrounding teeth are liable to
drift out of position. Furthermore, spaces
from missing teeth can cause your other
teeth and your gums to become far more
susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have missing teeth and have good oral
hygiene practices, you should discuss this
You will receive a mild
anesthetic to numb the area and your dentist will prepare
the teeth surrounding the open space. If these teeth already
have fillings, part of the filling may be left in place to
provide a solid foundation for the crown.
An impression is made
and from this model a dental lab will create the bridge,
false tooth and crowns. You will wear a temporary bridge in
the mean until you return for your second appointment. Your
new bridge will be fitted and adjusted before being cemented
to your teeth.
Dental bridges can reduce your
risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even
improve your speech. They require your commitment to serious
oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.
The false tooth is attached by the bridge to the two other teeth around the
space - bridging them together. Unlike partial dentures,
fixed bridges are set in place permanently and cannot be
removed. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
: Resin Bonded Bridges
The resin bonded is normally used for your front teeth and requires
less amount of preparation on the surrounding teeth. The
false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the
abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This
type of bridge is less expensive than the others but the
abutment teeth must be healthy.
: Cantilever Bridges
If the gap is situated in the front of your mouth then a Cantilever
bridge will be used. It will also be used when your teeth
can only offer support on one side of the open space. The
procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more
natural and adjacent teeth.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are natural in appearance.
They usually require only two visits to your dentist.
Dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease.
They can help to correct some bite issues and even improve your speech.
If you maintain good oral hygiene, your fixed bridge should last as
many as ten years or more.
For a few weeks after the treatment, your teeth will probably be
sensitive to extreme temperatures.
If sufficient oral hygiene is not practiced the bacteria
on your teeth and gums could become infected.