Dental Bridges for Gaps in Teeth
Dental bridges are used to fill gaps of missing teeth by inserting false teeth and anchoring them to adjacent existent teeth with the help of dental crowns. Bridges can help correct improper bites, hide gaps, and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Who Requires Dental Bridges?
For patients with missing teeth, dental bridges are extremely important because they help prevent teeth from drifting out of position and becoming exposed to tooth decay. There are three types of dental bridges. The traditional fixed bridge strides one or more missing teeth. The cantilever bridge is usually used for front teeth. With a resin bonded bridge, the false tooth is fused to metal bands bonded to the adjacent healthy teeth with a resin hidden from view—there is minimal preparation on the adjacent anchoring teeth in this case. Dental bridges can last up to 10 years if they are applied correctly and are well cared for afterwards.
Building Dental Bridges
The process for fixing dental bridges is slightly complex in comparison to other oral procedures like fixing veneers, or dental bonding. First, the teeth on either side of the gap are reduced in height for the anchoring crowns—this is done after administering a mild anesthetic. Then, the dental healthcare provider makes an impression of the gap in the neighboring teeth so that the dental lab can make the bridge for a precise fit. A temporary bridge may be fitted to protect the teeth for the time being. At the next appointment, the permanent bridge is fitted, adjusted for a proper bite, and then cemented into the teeth.
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