Dental bridges are commonly used to replace missing teeth. Most dental bridges are fixed and cannot be removed from the mouth like dentures.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
If you are missing a tooth but practice good oral hygiene, a dental bridge maybe the right solution for you. However, are other factors that need to be considered before opting for dental bridges.
Usually, dental bridges use support of the adjacent teeth to fill the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. These teeth should be healthy and strong for the cosmetic dentist to fix a dental bridge, as the bridge will be more successful in the long term. If the adjacent teeth are healthy and strong, the dentist will opt for a dental bridge as the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth may cause the adjacent teeth to move out of place. Furthermore, the gap can also make the person more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with a dental bridge oral hygiene is extremely important. The person should go for regularly dental checkups to ensure that no decay or gum disease occurs. This way the dental bridge will stay good.
How do Dental Bridges Work?
The gap created by the missing tooth is filled with a false tooth, and this false tooth is attached to the adjacent two teeth with the help of a bridge. The abutment teeth are prepared by removing parts, so that the crown that are attached to the false or prosthetic tooth can be fixed on top of them.
When the adjacent teeth are strong and healthy, cosmetic dentists often opt for resin bonded dental bridge. Here the bridge is anchored to the abutment teeth using resin and metal bands. There are also other types of dental bridges, such as cantilever bridges, which are just attached to a single tooth and often used for back molars.
The dentist will decide what type of dental bridge a person requires based on the health of the other teeth and the person’s needs.