Dental bridges are oral restorations used for replacing missing teeth. They are non-removable and highly sought-after as they offer excellent aesthetic properties and restore the functionality of the mouth as well. Dental bridges consist of one or more false teeth accompanied by crowns on either side. Bridges are supported by the adjacent teeth, called the abutment teeth. Since bridges are not fixed to the jawbone or gums, they are held firmly in place using dental crowns.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
- Bridges restore the ideal appearance and functionality of the mouth.
- Biting and chewing food can be done without hassle with bridges.
- They help to maintain the shape of the cheeks and lips.
- They prevent the development of a bad bite, as they restrict drifting of teeth.
- They help one escape the embarrassment due to missing teeth.
It takes two or more visits to the dentist's office to get dental bridges done. During the first visit, the dentist carefully examines your teeth and determines the type of bridge suitable for you. Next, the dentist prepares the two adjacent teeth to the bridge for crowns. Hence, a layer of the enamel is removed from both the teeth. They also have to be thoroughly cleaned before taking the mold. The mold would be highly accurate and help in determining the exact size and shape of the bridge and crowns as well. As the bridge would take about two weeks to be fabricated, a temporary bridge will be used to fill the gap.
During the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary bridge and cleans the teeth thoroughly before placing the permanent bridge and crowns in place. It will be carefully examined, adjusted, and bonded into its position, making sure the fit is perfect. Also, the dentist ensures there are no issues related to the bite. Sometimes, the dentist may use temporary adhesives to hold the bridge in place. This allows the teeth and the tissues to get adjusted to the new bridge. It is later bonded permanently into place after a few days.
It is necessary to brush and floss regularly to keep the restoration free from microbes. Also, periodic dental visits would ensure that any wear or damage to the bridges is looked into and taken care of.
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