What are dental bridges?

In dentistry a dental bridge is a very common and affordable treatment for missing teeth. They are called dental bridges because they are literally bridges that close the gap that is created when teeth are lost.
The typical dental bridge will consist of one or more artificial teeth. These are known as pontics. The pontics are held in place by two dental crowns, or abutments. Porcelain crowns are now made nowadays normally from porcelain but can be used using silver amalgalm or gold.

Why do you need a dental bridge?

When a patient has gaps in their smile due to missing teeth, this can not only impact their self-esteem, it can also affect their bite and can cause movement of your remaining teeth. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to fill the gaps with either a dental implant or a bridge. Dental implants are the best method as they promote the re-growth of bone around the implant. However if a patient does not want to go this route for dental implants then a dental bridge is a proven and time-tested method of filling gaps in a patients smile.

Dr. Shivu can help you address the issue of missing teeth with a dental bridge. If a dental implant is the method of choice for the patient then the dental bridge can fill the gap between teeth. This will help to maintain the shape of your face shape. It will also make it easier for you to be able to chew and eat normally. What a patient need to know about dental bridges.
Dental bridges can be composed from many different materials and there are three main types of bridges. Dr. Shivu will examine your teeth in order to determine which dental bridge option will suit you best. Once he has determined which one is more suitable she will recommend one of the following designs:
A Traditional Dental Bridge – This method is one of the most common used bridges in dentistry. In this process the bridge is positioned between your existing teeth to “bridge” the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. A Maryland Bonded Dental Bridge – This method of dental bridge it may be composed from plastic, metal or porcelain. The dental bridge is normally supported by a porcelain or a metal frame.
A Cantilever Dental Bridge – If a patient has teeth available on only one side of their mouth then in order to support abridge Dr. Shivu will use a cantilever bridge. Why do patients need a dental bridge?
Patients receiving dental bridges normally don't want to have a dental implant either due to cost or some other reason. However now that you have a dental bridge you have now been given back your smile and your confidence. This can also help maintain the patient to maintain the shape of your face shape. Your smile greatly affects your appearance and getting it back can restore your confidence. Apart from your appearance and the impression your smile makes there are practical reasons for getting a bridge. These can include speaking, chewing and preventing your existing teeth from shifting and reducing the stress on your surrounding teeth.

How are dental bridges placed?

Dr. Shivu will firstly prepare your teeth and will then fit your dental bridge in two or three separate visits to the dental office. At your first visit, Dr Shivu will shape and size the teeth that will be used to anchor the bridge so that there will be enough space to fit the device, depending on what type of bridge Dr. Shivu is placing. She will then make an impression of your teeth which will guide her in the process of making the bridge. When you return to the dental office for your last visit visit the new bridge will be placed into your mouth and adjusted in place.

What to expect with a new bridge?

It is normal when a patient receives a bridge that they return to the office for adjustments. This is a normal process of fitting and adjusting until the device is sitting perfectly. Once your bridge is in place you will be able to eat and speak more normally again. Patients have to be careful of eating certain foods and it is always better to stick with foods that are softer until you are comfortable with the device. Once a patient has adjusted to the new bridge you should be able to return to your regular diet.