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A dental bridge replaces missing teeth by anchoring to one or two of the neighbouring teeth. The false tooth is known as the pontic and the anchoring teeth are known as abutments. Dental bridges are an alternative to dental implants.
If you have one or more missing teeth, it can affect your smile and confidence badly. With the help of a dental bridge, you can fix this easily. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and come in two types, adhesive and conventional bridges.
A dental bridge extends over the area with the missing teeth and consists of an artificial tooth used between two crowns. It is then secured between your natural teeth, sometimes with the help of dental implants. What makes bridges different from other dentures is that they cannot be removed. Given the proper care, a dental bridge lasts about 10 years or longer. It requires brushing and flossing every day just like your natural teeth. You will also need to have frequent dental visits to make sure your dental bridge is in good condition.
Maryland bridges involve no tooth preparation or very little preparation of the neighbouring tooth and this has made them the most popular bridge design these days. In adhesive bridges, the false tooth is bonded using a wing to the inside wall of one neighbouring tooth.
This involves preparing the two neighbouring teeth (abutments). The false tooth is then fused to the abutment crowns.
One or more missing teeth can cause the surrounding natural teeth to disposition leading to risks of tooth decay and gum infections. It can also cause chewing and speaking difficulties and might even lead to further teeth loss. Getting a bridge can eliminate all these problems and give you a confident smile too.
Although, not everyone might be eligible for a bridge. Your dentist will have to assess whether your gums and other teeth are good enough to handle a bridge. This is because many a time, the surrounding teeth might have undetected decay or infections and in such case, the dentist will have to fix them up before getting a bridge.
In order to help you maintain the bridge for a longer period of time, your dentist will give you ample information on how to care for it and what all dental hygiene practices you must follow. To properly floss around the new bridge, you will also be asked to use a special floss thread, so that any further plaque or bacteria build-up can be avoided. You’ll also need to use fluoride toothpaste to brush twice a day.
The cost of a bridge depends on various factors including :
Dental emergencies occur unexpectedly most of the time, but there are always contributing factors for these situations. You can avoid these emergencies to an extent by following some oral health routines.
You might only have one missing tooth, but the bridge will have three pontics, which means the cost will include the cost of 3 artificial teeth. We understand how you might have a lot of questions regarding dental bridges and we are here to clear out every doubt you have.