What You Need to Know About Dental Bridges
Missing teeth are not attractive. But more than that, they can cause your teeth to weaken. Did you know we lose about 12 percent of the supporting bone within the first year after the teeth are removed?
The more bone you lose the weaker your teeth will get. It is important to have these teeth replaced to preserve your teeth and dental structure. Fortunately, with dental bridges, you can restore your teeth and smile.
What are Bridges?
A dental bridge closes the gaps created by missing teeth. These dental restorations are made of either two or more dental crowns fixed on either side of the gap. These crowns anchor the artificial teeth.
The false teeth or pontics are made of porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of the materials.
Bridges offer great benefits like:
- They maintain the shape of your face
- Bridges distribute the forces of the bite evenly+
- They prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting
The bridges also come in different types depending on the number and the location of the missing teeth.
These are the commonly used types and involve creating crowns that are placed on either side of the missing gaps. Porcelain crowns or Porcelain-fused-to-metal are the common types.
They are similar to the traditional ones only that they are ideal if you have one missing tooth. Because of their design, these bridges are not used for the back teeth.
Maryland bridges are also known as resin-bonded. These are made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal teeth that are supported by a metal framework. One side of the metal framework is fixed on to the existing teeth.
What Should You Expect During the Procedure?
Dental bridges need at least two dental visits and the process in a few steps:
1. Examination and planning
Our dentist in Ancaster, ON, will first assess your dental health and determine the suitable dental bridge. The dentist will also do your medical and drug history.
If everything is fine, your teeth will be prepped by reshaping. The enamel is trimmed and reshaped to make room for the bridges. Local anesthesia is used to numb the gums. The amount of enamel removed depends on the thickness of the bridges. A model of your teeth is taken to the lab to make the permanent bridges. It can take three to four weeks to get the bridges back. In the meantime, the dentist will give you temporary bridges to cover the teeth to protect them from sensitivity.
2. Fixing the bridges
On your second dental visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridges and replace them with permanent ones. The teeth are cleaned to remove any debris and plaques, then the affected teeth are dried. The dentist will examine the color and shade of the dental bridges before fixing them.
The bridges are cemented in place and hardened with laser light. Depending on the type of bridge you choose, you may need multiple dental visits to check the fit of the metal framework. This is done before the permanent bridges are fixed.
A follow-up dental appointment may be scheduled to check the bridges and gum health.
How Long Do They Last?
Dental bridges are semi-permanent and durable. Bridges can last for 15 years with proper care before they are replaced. Bridges will wear out with time, and this increases the risk of them cracking. That is why it is important to visit the dentist regularly to assess their condition.
How Do You Care for Your Bridges?
Dental bridges resemble your teeth in appearance and function and therefore do not need any special care. However, you need to have impeccable hygiene to maintain your teeth and gum healthy.
Also, the bridges can stain and change the color, so avoid any staining foods like coffee tea.
Do not forget to visit the dentist for assessment, cleaning, and other general dental treatment to keep the teeth healthy.
Schedule an Appointment
Visit Golf Links Dental for more information on our tooth bridge services and how they can benefit you.