A dental bridge is a form of a false tooth used to close the gap(s) present due to a missing tooth or teeth in general.
The bridge gets its name from how it closes the gap between teeth. It isset in place using the other permanent teeth in the mouth on both sides of the gap. It consists of two or more crowns depending on the size of the gap needing to be filled.
There are various materials used to create dental bridges. Most commonly, porcelain is used to achieve a more natural tooth appearance.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
•To reconstruct your desired smile
•Replaces missing teeth with natural-looking restorations
•Improves the ability to eat and speak effectively
•Prevents your permanent teeth from shifting due to the compensation for the gap as a result of missing teeth.
Process of the dental bridge application
The permanent teeth that will be used to hold the bridge structurally will be adequately prepared by removing a small section of the enamel to allow the crowns to fit onto the permanent teeth comfortably.
Impressions of the permanent teeth are made using mould impressions or a digital scanner to use as a form of a model from which the crowns are constructed.While your crowns and dental bridge are being constructed, the dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the prepared permanent teeth.
Once the dental bridge is complete, the dentist will remove your temporary bridge and apply the new bridge, requiring a few adjustments to ensure an accurate and comfortable fit.
At times, the dental bridge may be temporarily fixed to the permanent teeth using a form of cement to make sure it fits accurately. After a few weeks, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place