Missing teeth is one of the major oral issues that has affected the lives of several people. It poses several disadvantages that affect the confidence levels, oral health, and functionality of the mouth. Perhaps, the biggest drawback of a missing tooth is that the aesthetics of the smile will be ruined completely.
What are dental bridges?
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is made from ceramic and is used to replace a natural one. Tooth-colored dental-grade ceramic material is used to make it, which is how it can be customized to match the exact color and texture of the natural tooth enamel. It is coupled with dental crowns on either side, which help to hold the tooth in place.
Why should you choose a bridge?
- A bridge is made from tooth-colored material, and hence, can be customized to mimic the appearance of the enamel perfectly. This way, anyone who looks at your smile wouldn’t have the faintest idea that you have a prosthetic tooth on.
- The bridge fills in the gap left by a missing tooth and hence, it prevents the drifting of teeth from their positions. This also prevents the chances of developing malocclusion.
- The functionality of the mouth will be returned to normal, meaning, you will be able to bite and chew food like you previously used to after getting a bridge. Even the phonetics will be returned to normal.
- Getting a tooth restoration should be a worthy investment, meaning, it should last for a long time. A bridge offers excellent longevity, and with proper care, it would stay as good as new for several years.
What is the procedure to get a bridge done?
During the initial screening prior to getting a bridge, the dentist would check for various factors that would determine the candidacy. Tooth damage, wear, cavities, previous restorations, the strength of the teeth, gap available for placing the bridge, drifting of teeth, etc. will be taken into consideration. Scans, X-rays, and highly precise molds of the teeth will be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the bridge in the laboratory. Until the bridge is done, a temporary bridge will be used in its place.
When the bridge is fabricated and ready to be bonded, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and etched to provide a better surface for the bridge to adhere to its surface. Next, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be placed in position. The fit and comfort will be checked and in case any changes are required, they will be made by the dentist. Once everything seems fine, the bridge will be bonded to the tooth permanently using dental adhesives.
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