Dental bridge

Since a pleasant smile can be a matter of pure joy, it is quite important to have nice set of, properly aligned teeth. A little gap between two or more teeth or even just missing teeth can have a large impact on a person’s appearance. Dental bridge does exactly what it promises; it creates a bridge to cover the deficit between gapped or missing teeth. A gap can be created through natural tooth decay pr by losing part of or the whole teeth in accidents or injuries. If these gaps are not tended soon, these gaps will not only trap food and cause hygienic disruptions, but can create a vast change in the entire alignment for the set of teeth.

The difference between dental bridge and false teeth is that dental bridge is quite permanent. It gets situated with either resin or cement, while metal bands hold it together from either one or from both sides.

There are several types of dental bridges available. Such as Conventional Fixed Bridges, Cantilever Bridges and Resin-Bonded Bridges. The first two types here consist of shaping teeth. This takes place when there is a missing tooth. To support the artificial tooth or the pontic, the tooth that has been shaped requires crown to hold it all together.

Resin Bonded Bridge is more popular to replace missing front teeth. It is not as troublesome and lengthy as the other types of dental bridges. If the gums are in good shape as well as there are not any major fillings near the missing teeth, this procedure is the best option to replace missing teeth.

Usually it takes 2 to 3 visits to the dentist to get a Dental Bridge work done. First, the dentist will perform the preliminary work such as setting up the teeth to fit the crown or the bridge. A mould of the teeth will be taken on the first visit as well so the dentist can determine the size of the bridge. On the second visit, the dentist will set it. It takes nearly two to three weeks for a patient to fully adjust a bridge, so the dentist will not make the bridge permanent until the patient is absolutely comfortable with the situation.

After a bridge is fitted it is very important to maintain oral hygiene. While brushing and flossing should be done on a regular basis, there are some extra tools and tricks to clear the awkward areas around a bridge. The dentist or a hygienist can advice and demonstrate the techniques. It is important to remember that while the bridge is a very reliable way of filling a gap, if the teeth around it or the gum holding it starts to become unhealthy, the dental bridge may not hold that long.

Installing dental bridge can be highly costly. A patient should always aim for the best care with experienced craftsmanship along with materials of high caliber. Thus, installing dental bridge through private dentist can be quite expensive ranging from 800 USD and depending on number of visits. However, the National Healthcare System may also provide dental services as such, but in most cases, the service provided by NHS does not match up to the high quality treatment by private dentists.

If a patient is seeking for alternative options, there are always dentures or teeth implants. But these are far more expensive than Dental Bridge and only applicable for patients with fit gums and strong jawbones.

Dental bridges can last up to 10 to 15 years if it is maintained with proper care. And of course, routine checkups with the dentist should always be a part of the care.

Last updated on Jul 25th, 2010 and filed under Dental Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. Nice article on dental bridges! Yes, they might seem expensive but they improve a person look so much.

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