A Dental Bridge – What Is It, What Problem Does It Solve and How Is It Installed?
A dental bridge is one way to replace missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a denture.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is one way to replace missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a removable denture. Dentures or partial dentures are removable appliances and may be uncomfortable to wear. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is permanently cemented and therefore will feel more natural than a removable partial denture. Because they are made of porcelain or metal, they are very durable and rigid.
Once a dental bridge is cemented, it will not have to be replaced for many years. The main issue is hygiene, or lack thereof. If hygiene is not ideal then tooth decay can develop around the margins where the tooth meets the porcelain. In this case, the old bridge will have to be removed and replaced with a new bridge. There is another type of bridge known as a Maryland bridge and is commonly used on anterior teeth that have pristine abutment teeth. The downside is that they are not as secure and will not last as long as a conventional bridge, which is why it’s rarely used.
Why do we need a dental bridge?
Losing a tooth can be troublesome, especially if it’s towards the front of the mouth where everyone can see it. Seeing a gap or a missing tooth is not very pleasing to look at when a person smiles. Losing a back tooth is not ideal either, but when it comes to someone’s smile, then losing a front tooth is more important. A dental bridge is a good way to replace a missing tooth, front of back, in a quick and esthetic manner.
Who will need a dental bridge?
There are several reasons why someone would need a bridge. It could be that someone is getting old and is starting to lose teeth as part of the aging process. It could be someone of any age has neglected their teeth and is now losing them as a result of bacteria and infection requiring them to be removed. It could be someone who has been in an accident and suffered trauma to the mouth and this has resulted in the loss of at least one tooth.
A dental bridge is just one of a few options someone has to replace a missing tooth. It is a great way to restore missing teeth because it is made of porcelain and therefore it will look natural and blend with the rest of the adjacent teeth. It’s also a great option for those who want to have a fixed and permanent restoration. A dental bridge is permanently cemented and thus it will feel like it’s part of your natural dentition.
What are the results of this?
A dental bridge will replace missing teeth and therefore will close any unwanted and unesthetic gaps. Eating will become easier and smiling will be possible again! Dental bridges not only help bring back your smile, but it also removes additional pressure from other teeth because it balances out the bite.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are a total of three different types of dental bridges out there.
- Traditional Dental Bridges: These are bridges in which a crown is made for the tooth or an implant is made for either side of the missing tooth. These are extremely common and generally made of porcelain-metal or porcelain-ceramic materials.
- Cantilever Dental Bridges: Do you have adjacent teeth on only one corner of your missing teeth? In that case, cantilever dental bridge may be a suitable option. However, this type of dental bridge is no longer favored — especially for the back teeth — because it can place undue stress on the surrounding teeth.
- Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges: These are also known as Maryland Bridges or Resin-Bonded Bridges and they’re made of either porcelain, plastic, or porcelain-metal. The plastic dental bridges also come with a porcelain or metallic framework to support the gums.
Cost of Dental Bridges
The cost of dental bridges vary vastly based on where you’re getting them done and the region within the country. Dental bridges aren’t considered to be serious medical issues so your insurance probably won’t pay for all of it. However, depending on individual dental plans, your insurance may cover a part of the cost.
Do Dental Bridges Make it Difficult to Eat?
It’s a common misconception that dental bridges make it difficult or uncomfortable to eat. In fact, dental bridges make it easier to eat because they replace crucial missing teeth. You should, however, eat only soft food for a few days until you’re perfectly accustomed to the dental bridges. But once you’re used to them, they’re just like regular teeth.
Can I Speak Properly with Dental Bridges?
Missing teeth can cause slurring of speech or other speech impediments. So getting dental bridges to seal the gap can actually improve your speech and help you with clear diction.
Basically, dental bridges are just like real teeth for all intents and purposes. You can schedule an appointment at URBN Dental for a preliminary consultation about dental bridges.
Duration of Dental Bridges
You may be concerned about how long a dental bridge will last. After all, it won’t do you any good if you have to replace the bridges every other year. However, you’re in luck, because dental bridges have an extremely long lifespan of around 15 years or more. If you maintain your oral hygiene and go for regular dental checkups, your dental bridge will definitely last more than 10 years.