Bridges Provide Many Options For Tooth Replacement
By: The Dental Surgery
What exactly is a Bridge?
There is so much confusion around tooth replacement options, because let's face it, there are many procedures to choose from. We will focus on the benefits of bridges. Bridges do just that; they bridge the gap from one tooth, over the missing tooth, to the next tooth in the mouth. They can be three or four teeth long or much longer. Your dentist will work with you in determining the best option for your case.
Say you are missing one tooth and have a space between two other teeth. The bridge will act as a cohesive unit to create a stable biting plane for you to use while chewing. Aesthetically, the bridge also provides a real looking tooth in the area where the space is, so no one will know that you are missing a tooth! They are made of porcelain or porcelain with metal underneath depending on the patient's needs. Generally speaking a bridge over the front teeth will only have to be porcelain, which is fabricated precisely so that it matches the colour and contour of the surrounding teeth. A porcelain bridge with metal as the base provides strength for the function and stability of back teeth. Back teeth take heavy chewing forces so anything placed on back teeth needs to be slightly stronger. The porcelain covering allows the bridge to seamlessly fit in with the dental arch, so no one would ever realise it's not a natural tooth!
What is the process of having a Bridge fitted?
The process is relatively simple. Your dentist will assess the needs of the dental arch. They will make measurements to ensure that the bridge will be strong enough to endure the span of the teeth it is covering. Once the patient is ready to start the process, the dentist prepares the teeth the bridge will be adhering to. An impression is taken so that the laboratory can fabricate the shape and size of the artificial teeth of the bridge. Once the lab is finished with the fabrication process (usually a few days), the bridge will be returned to the dental office. The patient arrives, tries the bridge in and approves the fit and feel of it. If the patient and dentist are pleased with the fit and function of the bridge, it will be cemented into the patient's mouth permanently.
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