You might be wondering what your dentist would have in mind when you show up in the clinic with missing teeth and are in need of replacement. Depending on the specific case, you may need a bridge. A bridge constitutes of a crown that is positioned on one side of the gap and another crown on the opposite side of the gap. False teeth made of gold, porcelain or other forms of alloys are placed in this gap. Bridges can have both an emotional and psychological impact on a person. They boost someone’s self-confidence when they talk or smile, provide the same ability to eat well, and they also help keep the rest of the teeth in position.
Types of Dental Bridges Available
This kind of bridge is used when adjacent teeth, which are from the same side, are missing. It is not a standard procedure nowadays and most importantly, it is not recommended when the set of teeth are located at the back of the mouth. This is because it can cause damage to the natural teeth as additional force is needed, which will be applied to them.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
In this type of bridge, porcelain or plastic teeth are used. There are other variations, such as porcelain fused to metal or purely porcelain teeth. This kind of bridge is common when the gap is on one side and the porcelain teeth are bonded to your teeth.
This involves a pontic between two crowns, which are located on each side of the gap. This is the most common bridge that is made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
The Procedure of Getting a Bridge
This process for dental bridges usually takes several visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared by re-contouring them. This is done by removing the enamel portion, which allows the crown to fit well. The impressions of the teeth are made during this step. During this process, the dentist will place a temporary bridge to keep the teeth and bridge in check.
On your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new porcelain bridge is adjusted until it is perfectly fit. After this crucial step is complete, the dentist will require regular visits to the clinic. Why? Primarily to make sure the bridge framework fits well. In other cases, the dentist might cement the bridge in place, making sure it does not move for a couple of weeks.
Dental bridges last over 15 years or even much longer in some cases. Well maintained bridges with excellent oral hygiene can make the bridge last for many more years.