Dental bridges are false teeth or a single tooth fused between two porcelain crowns. These are fixed in place to take the place of a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is permanently placed and cannot be removed like a partial denture. This can be done by a professional dentist.
Another type of bridge is the cantilever bridge. It is normally used in areas which take less stress, an example of which is the front teeth. Bridges help reduce gum disease and help in correcting some bite issues. Bridges can last as long as 10 years or more.
Materials used for bridges are:
* Cast metal
* Porcelain with metal support
* And the latest technological advance: Fiber dental bridges
Different types of bridges are:
* Fixed or non-removal
At your first visit with your dentist, the state of your teeth will be examined and also the health of your gums. This will be done to evaluate whether you could be a candidate for a dental bridge. Once it has been determined that you are a suitable candidate, you will have a local anesthetic in order to prepare the teeth that are required to support the bridge. If they are decayed or broken the dentist will have to build and restore them so they can support the bridge.
Your dentist will then take an impression of the teeth that have been prepared. He uses a putty-like material to create a model of your teeth. You bridge will be fabricated from this model. Skilled lab technicians will ensure they fit correctly. It’s important to ensure you don’t experience health problems as a result
While the permanent bridge is created, the dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to protect teeth and gums from permanent damage.
A further visit will be the fitting of the permanent dental bridge.
Costs are another factor to consider. Prices range from $500 to about $900 per tooth. Usually, dental insurance will only pay half of the costs. Check with your dentist before you go ahead with the procedure. Anchoring crowns on either side of the bridge are often not covered by insurance.
Advantages of dental bridges are a natural looking appearance. There are usually only 2 dental visits required. If you look after your bridges and oral hygiene, your fixed dental bridges should last as long as ten years or more.
There are disadvantages if you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene. Acids from food on your teeth and gums can cause infection. You will also experience some discomfort from extreme temperatures after the procedure.
From an aesthetic point of view, a professionally executed bridge can improve the overall appearance of the teeth and mouth. This in turn will improve the overall appearance of the face and your smile.