Dental bridge treatment is to ‘bridge’ the gap between missing teeth. A bridge is inclusive of crowns for the teeth part on either side of the gap. To bridge the gap the dentist places pontics, which are false teeth made from gold, alloys or porcelain.
Distributes the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Helps preserve the natural function and position of the teeth
Restores and maintains natural bite
Types of Dental Bridge
Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge.
Cantilever bridges are usually used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Marlyland bridges also called a resin-bonded bridges or a Maryland bonded bridges. Maryland bridges supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to the back of existing teeth.
How is Dental Bridge performed?
Before beginning with the Dental Bridge procedure you are required to go through a dental examination. Then the dentist will provide local anesthesia at the region of bridge tooth preparation.
Then the natural teeth adjacent to the missing gap is reshaped to receive the dental bridge. An impression is taken for a replica model of the teeth. The model is then sent to a lab where the individualized bridge is fabricated. A temporary bridge is placed on whilst the permanent bridge is made for the second appointment.
Now, at the second session the real dental bridge will be set in placed after the removal of the temporary bridge. The permanent bridge will be cemented into place on the teeth.
A quality assurance check is done for any re-adjustments or re-works of the dental bridge
Post-care Instructions for Dental Bridges
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge. The bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth.
1. Avoid chewing on or eating hard foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they were cemented.
2. To help with discomfort or swelling rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
3. Keep crown area clean to maintain tissue compatibility.
4. Some sensitivity in teeth may be experienced by certain patients. For sensitive teeth:
Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
Clean teeth properly
Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history