Bridges Treatment

Dental Bridges:
A dental bridge is simply a dental prosthesis which bridges the gap between teeth. You might be required to opt for dental bridges if one or more of your teeth are missing or decayed. In the case of hypodontia or congenital absence of a tooth, dental bridges can be recommended.

Types of Dental Bridge

A dental bridge can be fitted in two ways to the existing teeth: fixed or bonded.

1-FIXED DENTAL BRIDGE- first type of bridge

The most common type of dental bridge is the fixed dental bridge. This is because of durability and effectiveness.

For a fixed dental bridge, the prosthesis is made up of a crown, and artificial teeth called the Pontiacs. The crown is situated on either side of the prosthesis while the Pontiacs are in the middle.

A fixed bridge is a reliable and durable dental solution. It is always difficult to notice that the teeth are artificial.

However, the major disadvantage of a fixed dental bridge is that you have to‘sacrifice’ two healthy teeth. But if you choose to replace your tooth bridge later with an implant, there will be the need to fix crowns for the adjacent teeth.

There are two types of fixed dental bridge available: Front teeth bridge & Cantilever Bridge.

1-Front Teeth Bridge

A front teeth bridge is the best dental bridge for gaps or missing front teeth. This may require two crowns on the sides because of the great biting pressure on the front incisors.

2-Cantilever Dental Bridge

A cantilever bridge is a fixed dental bridge that is fitted via a crown on one of the adjacent teeth. It is most often used when only one natural tooth is next to a missing tooth.

A major advantage of cantilever bridges is that they need just one healthy tooth to be drilled into an abutment. The main disadvantage of the cantilever bridges is that they end up exerting extra pressure on the supporting tooth. Hence, it is not recommended for areas of biting and chewing.

2-BONDED DENTAL BRIDGE – second type of bridge

A bonded dental bridge (also referred to as Maryland Bridge) is best used when there is only one tooth to replace. It has metal ‘wings’ on both sides which are attached to the inner edge of the adjacent teeth.

It helps to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth; however, it is not as durable as a fixed bridge.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the possible problems with Dental bridge?
Complications can occur with dental bridges. Here are some of the most common problems with dental bridge : Infection Underneath the dental bridge: This can be caused by poor oral hygiene, poorly fitted bridge and decay of the supporting teeth. Sensitivity: It is normal to experience some sensitivity under your dental bridge because your gums and mouth need to adjust to the new teeth. If it persists for more than a couple of weeks, there might be an underlying cause. It is best to visit your dentist at Smile Works Dental. Trapped Foods Under the Dental Bridge: Be extra careful when cleaning around the dental bridge. Food can get trapped in small spaces between the gum and the Pontics which could be so discomforting. This can lead to breeding of bacteria. A water flosser can help significantly to dislodge trapped foods.
Do You Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?
There are many reasons why it is bad to ignore the obvious gap in your mouth. 1-It becomes harder to eat 2-The surrounding teeth will be prone to extra pressure & wear and tear 3-Increase the risk of gum disease 4-Your speech might be affected. 5-The supporting jawbone and facial muscles will lose elasticity over time. So the question is not “Should I replace it?” but “How should I replace it?”
Can I remove my dental bridge?
No, a dental bridge is permanently fixed. Only your dentist can remove it if it has a poor fit, then he will re-cement it for a better fit.
Is it Painful to get Dental bridge fixed?
The procedure will be carried out under local anesthetic. However, you may experience a little discomfort, but it should not be painful at all.
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