Dental Bridge

A missing tooth is never a good thing. Gaps are often noticeable when talking or smiling, leading to confidence loss. But more importantly, they can lead to serious health complications. Luckily, missing teeth can be replaced with modern dental technologies. One of the most common ones is dental bridges.

Dental Bridge

How Do Bridges Work?

As the name suggests, bridges work by bridging the gap of a lost tooth. They use the support of the teeth to either side of the missing one. The two teeth anchor the bridge that covers the gap. A replacement tooth is implanted in the space of the missing one. Its held in place by dental crowns on both sides, attached to the two surrounding teeth. This ensures that the replacement tooth is durable and will last patients many years. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, and unnoticeable to others when patients talk and smile.
Bridges are a great solution in many cases of missing teeth. They are a popular dental procedure, and the results are highly effective. However, they may not always be the best option for patients. A number of different tooth restoration procedures are available. In some cases, dental implants or other technologies may be more suitable. For this reason, patients should book a consultation to talk about possible treatments. A professional dentist will consider different treatments and suggest the most optimal one for each patient.

How Do Bridges Work?

Dental Bridge

Every type of tooth restoration procedure has its advantages. Patients will be treated with the one that best suits their needs.

Bridges are a popular treatment for patients as they offer the following benefits:

  • Anchoring to surrounding teeth ensures the strength and durability of the device
  • Reducing the risk of gum diseases and oral infections
  • Alleviating speech impairments
  • The durability of the bridge allows patients to comfortably talk, eat and laugh
  • Aesthetically pleasing and unnoticeable to others

Patients who are missing one or more teeth can be considered for receiving dental bridges. However, they should meet the following conditions:

  • Have healthy teeth on either side of the missing one
  • Be cleared of gum disease and oral infections

What Are The Benefits of Dental Bridges?

The patient’s oral health will be evaluated. Candidates will be checked for gum disease and other limiting conditions.
The surrounding teeth will be prepared. The upper layer of enamel will be removed, allowing for the crown to fit over them.
An impression of the teeth is done and sent to a lab. The replacement tooth and the two crows will be molded from the impression. Patients will receive a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being made.
At the final appointment, the permanent bridge will be placed. This is done under local anesthesia. The dentist will make any final adjustments before cementing it in place.

On the whole, life will get easier once your missing tooth is replaced with a bridge. Still, they will take some time to get used to. The procedure is generally painless, though some level of tooth sensitivity is expected in the following weeks. Patients should avoid eating hard, sticky foods for a few weeks post-treatment. Large bites should be sliced up and chewed carefully. The patient’s speech will become noticeable clearer after the bridge is placed.
Following good oral hygiene habits is essential after receiving bridges. With proper dental care, bridges can last patients 5 to 15 years or even longer. Getting regular checkups and dental cleanings are highly advised.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of general dentistry, book a consultation at Dr. Filangeri’s today.
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