Missing or extracted teeth lead to the formation of a gap between the teeth. Timely replacement of lost or missing teeth is important as it can cause a variety of adverse conditions like drifting of adjacent teeth, food lodgement, gum infections, etc. You may hesitate to smile freely and experience lack of self-confidence. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options including the dental bridges, to restore your smile. We use advanced techniques and the best quality materials to give you dental bridges that stay in your mouth for a long time.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge or fixed dental prosthesis closes the gap caused by missing teeth by linking the adjacent teeth.

A dental bridge has two parts: a pontic and retainer crowns. A pontic is an artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth. Retainer crowns are dental crowns that cover the abutments. Abutments are the teeth adjacent to the gap that provide support or anchorage to the dental bridge. An abutment can be a natural tooth or dental implant.

A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. Moreover, depending on the clinical situation, two or more teeth may serve as abutments.

What are the types of dental bridges?

A dental bridge can be a temporary or permanent bridge. A temporary dental bridge is made up of resin material. It is placed to protect the abutment teeth between the appointments and is replaced by the permanent bridge at the final stage.

A permanent dental bridge has metal crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or all-ceramic crowns.

A traditional bridge has at least three crowns and depending on the choice of material, the type of dental bridge can vary. It is also possible that your dental bridge has different types of dental crowns. For example, a dental bridge of 3 units can have all metal crowns or a single metal crown and two all-ceramic crowns. The choice depends on the clinical situation and your budget.

Apart from this, we may also advise you a cantilever bridge or a resin-retained bridge. A cantilever dental bridge is indicated when there is an absence of abutment teeth on one side of the gap. A resin-retained bridge has a dummy tooth and metal extensions that encircle the abutment teeth. The support is obtained from the resin cement that is used to bond the metal extensions

The procedure:

During the initial consultation, we will talk with you, understand your needs and advise you suitable tooth replacement options. Various factors like the choice of material, number of abutment teeth, the type of dental bridge, etc. play an important role in the success of a dental bridge. We will carry out a thorough clinical examination, take X-rays, do the diagnostic tests, and then suggest the most suitable type of dental bridge for you.

The abutments that provide support to the dental bridge should be strong and disease-free. Sometimes, we may advise you dental treatments like tooth filling, scaling and root planing, etc. before starting the procedure for dental bridge.

First, your dentist will cut and shape the abutment teeth. Then, our dental team will take an impression of the teeth and the surrounding tissues to make a replica of your oral cavity. The replica or the model is then sent to the laboratory where dental bridge is fabricated. After these steps, your dentist will cement a temporary bridge. On the next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and clean the teeth and surrounding tissues. Then, your dentist will check the fit of the permanent bridge and make adjustments, if necessary. Lastly, your dentist will cement the permanent bridge to the abutment teeth.

What are the benefits of dental bridge?

  • A dental bridge costs less and requires fewer appointments as compared to dental implants.
  • Removable partial dentures may move during speaking, eating or laughing. Dental bridges are fixed prosthesis as they are cemented to the abutment teeth. Dental bridges are usually more comfortable than the removable dentures.
  • Dentures need reshaping or relining after some time. However, dental bridges offer durability and are cost effective.
  • A dental bridge with ‘all-ceramic’ crowns gives excellent aesthetic results.

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