A dental bridge is an ideal solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) about dental bridges:
What is a Dental Bridge?
This is a dental device that replaces one, two, or three missing teeth with one, two, or three false teeth. Dental crowns are used to link the bridge to the adjoining teeth in order to keep it in place.
How do dental bridges work?
It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (known as abutment teeth) and an artificial tooth or teeth in the middle. The artificial teeth in the middle are called pontics and are manufactured out of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a mix of these materials. Natural teeth or dental implants support dental bridges.
Are there different types of dental bridges?
There are three basic types of dental bridges; namely traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded bridges.
Traditional bridges entail placing a crown on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic (artificial tooth) in between. These types of dental bridges are composed of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics and are the most popular.
When just one side of the lost tooth or teeth has adjacent teeth present, a cantilever bridge is employed. This is no longer very prevalent, and it is not suggested near the back of the mouth, where it might cause harm to adjacent teeth by exerting too much force on them.
Porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums are supported by a metal or porcelain framework in Maryland bonded bridges (also known as resin-bonded or Maryland bridges). Metal or porcelain wings are connected to your natural teeth on only one side of the bridge.
Can dental bridges be removed?
If you have a fixed dental bridge, it is not possible to remove it. However, there are dental bridges available that are removable.
On the other hand, fixed or permanent treatments are more reliable and durable. Additionally, these offer a more natural look so that it is difficult to detect that you have a dental bridge installed in your mouth.
How much do dental bridges cost?
The actual cost of getting a treatment depends on several factors. For example, the cost may vary according to the types, the material used for making the framework of the bridge, the dentist you received the treatment from, etc.
Your dental insurance may cover some portion of this cost. You can contact your dental insurance provider to confirm the coverage policy.
What is the procedure for getting this treatment?
It is a non-invasive procedure; therefore, doesn’t require anesthesia. Your dentist will start the treatment by getting measurements and imprints of your mouth. This will ensure the bridge fits accurately and doesn’t cause any discomfort later on.
The process to make the impression requires the patient to bite a soft piece of foam. Once the impressions are taken, they are sent to the lab where the custom-made bridge will be created. In case your teeth are damaged, you may require temporary crowns. This approach is adopted to safeguard the patient while the bridge is getting prepared in the lab.
What are dental bridges made of?
The treatment can be made of different materials. Among them, porcelain, zirconium, composites, and ceramics are most commonly used to make them.
How to care for your dental bridge?
It’s important to maintain optimal oral hygiene if you want to care for your dental bridge. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and do not miss any appointment with your dentist. Other than that, it’s recommended to use a floss threader or super floss to clean between the teeth since your regular floss will be ineffective in such a case.
How can I remove stains from it?
Removing stains from them can be a bit complicated as compared to removing them from natural teeth since teeth whitening treatment may prove to be ineffective in such a case.
The best approach is to prevent teeth from getting stained. To do this, regularly brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste. Also, make a point to brush after every meal. Furthermore, avoid foods or drinks that can develop stains on teeth. In case you use a removable dental bridge, you can get an ultrasonic cleaner for the purpose of removing stains. They can prove to be quite beneficial if stains are developed in areas that can’t be accessed easily.
How long do dental bridges last?
It can last up to 15 years. However, it is important to follow a healthy oral routine and visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups to achieve this longevity.
If you implement proper dental hygiene and take other precautions as recommended by your dentist, then it is common for dental bridges to last over 10 years.
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