30 Aug, 2022

A dental bridge treatment can replace one or more missing teeth and restore your smile's natural beauty and function if you're lacking teeth in the front of your mouth. 

What are Dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that consists of one or more replacement teeth that span the gap created by lost teeth. The crowns on either side of the gap act as anchors for the pontic (fake tooth) that connects them.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, a dental bridge may be the solution for you. Tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries are the most prevalent causes of lost teeth. You could have a congenital disorder that causes tooth loss, or you could have been born without teeth. A dental bridge can fill up the gap caused by lost teeth, but it requires two healthy teeth on either side.

Do you really need a dental bridge?

The teeth in your mouth are a unit. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth may shift to fill the gap. Alternately, the teeth in your other jaw can shift upwards or downwards to fill the gap. Potential results of dental bridge services include:

  • Tense bite

  • Problems chewing

  • Jaw and tooth pain as a result of stress

  • Feeling uncomfortable with your appearance or your grin

Does a dental bridge have a specific appearance?

A dental bridge typically consists of:

  • As an abutment, a dental expert will place a crown over each of the teeth on either side of the space. This set of teeth is used to secure the jaw in place, and it can be either your natural teeth or dental implants.

  • An artificial tooth (or teeth) called a pontic is used to fill in the space between crowns.

Which dental bridges are currently in use?

There are four primary categories of bridges, and they are as follows:

  • The most typical type of bridge is a fixed bridge, and these are the most common. Two or more crowns and one or more false teeth are joined together to form this structure. The bridge is held in place by the crowns. Common materials for bridges include metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic.

  • With a cantilever bridge, the pontic is supported by a single abutment tooth. If you have teeth on one side of the space but not the other, this may be a viable choice for you.

  • If you're missing teeth in the front of your mouth, your dentist in Maryland may recommend a resin-bonded bridge. It has a metal or ceramic tooth structure that is fused to porcelain and supported by metal or ceramic porcelain. The bridge attaches to your natural teeth via two wing-like projections on either side.

  • A bridge that is supported by implants is comparable to the more common conventional fixed bridge, but instead of being bonded to the teeth, the implants provide the necessary stability.

How does one go about getting a dental bridge?

At a minimum, you'll need to schedule two appointments :

Teeth abutments are reshaped at the initial appointment with your dentist. We will prep your tooth by removing enamel and dentin so the crown will fit properly.

A dental imprint or digital image of your teeth may be taken by your provider. Your bridge, fake teeth, and crowns will all be crafted in a dental lab using this mould or scan as a template. A temporary bridge will be placed to cover the gap in your mouth until the permanent bridge can be fabricated in the lab.

At the second appointment, we will replace the temporary bridge with a permanent one. In order to ensure your comfort, your healthcare professional will inspect the bridge and make any necessary changes.

What exactly are the benefits of this method?

A dental bridge in your teeth can:

  • Teeth-grinding aid

  • Keep any remaining teeth from shifting

  • Put back your teeth and tongue so you can eat and talk normally

  • Fix your grin

How to maintain a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are only successful when the teeth on each side of the gap are in good shape and strong enough to support the new restoration. Avoiding cavities and gum disease, both of which can eventually lead to the need for a bridge replacement, is extremely crucial. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, you should:

We will demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss your teeth and recommend how often you should do each. A floss threader, which is a specialized tool, will help you get the floss under the bridge without damaging it.

You should expect to pay between 6,000 and 20,000 for a dental bridge. The dental bridge cost per tooth of getting an implant might range from 25,000 to 50,000.

Schedule frequent visits with your dentist. Regular checkups with your dentist can help identify issues at a more treatable, earlier stage.

Maintain a healthy diet. Eat a lot of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and cut back on the chewy, fibrous things you eat.

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