What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration used to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns on the abutment teeth and a pontic (false tooth) in between. The abutment teeth are the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The pontic is attached to the crowns on the abutment teeth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges offer a number of benefits, including:
- Improved esthetics: Dental bridges can restore your smile and give you a more natural appearance.
- Improved function: Dental bridges can improve your ability to chew and speak.
- Prevented tooth movement: Dental bridges can prevent other teeth from drifting out of place after a tooth is lost.
- Reduced risk of gum disease: Dental bridges can help to reduce the risk of gum disease by filling in the gaps between teeth and preventing food from getting trapped.
- Better bone health: Dental bridges can help to preserve bone health in the jaw by preventing the bone from resorbing (breaking down) after a tooth is lost.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. They are made from porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or zirconia. Traditional bridges are very strong and durable and can last for many years.
- Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one abutment tooth next to the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges, but they are a good option when there are not two abutment teeth available.
- Maryland bridges: Maryland bridges are made from a metal framework with a pontic that is bonded to the back of the abutment teeth. Maryland bridges are a good option for people who do not want their abutment teeth to be crowned.
How long does it take to get a dental bridge?
It typically takes two appointments to get a dental bridge. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth and take impressions of the teeth. The dentist will then make a temporary bridge to be worn while the permanent bridge is being fabricated.
During the second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge. The dentist will check the fit and alignment of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge varies depending on the type of bridge chosen, the materials used, and the dentist’s fees. Most dental insurance policies will cover a portion of the cost of dental bridges.
How long do dental bridges last?
With proper care, most dental bridges can last for 10 years or more. However, it is important to note that dental bridges are not permanent solutions. Eventually, they may need to be replaced.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Dental bridges require the same care as your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
Here are some additional tips for caring for your dental bridge:
- Use a proxybrush to clean under the bridge and around the pontic.
- Use a mouthwash to help remove plaque and bacteria from the bridge.
- Avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could damage the bridge.
- If you have any problems with your bridge, such as a loose crown or a broken pontic, contact your dentist immediately.
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