A bridge is often recommended in restorative dentistry if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps are left causing the remaining teeth to move and eventually resulting in a bad bite.
A bridge is a permanent procedure which covers the space where the teeth are missing. It is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called abutments and a false tooth or multiple teeth (known as pontics) are in between.
Benefit of Bridges
There are several benefits of having a bridge procedure. These include:
- Restores your smile
- Helps with the ability to chew and speak properly
- Prevents the remaining teeth from drifting out
- Supports jaw bone and cheeks to restore the shape of your face
- Corrects bad bites and gives you a well aligned smile
Types of Bridges
There are three main types of bridges in the market. Some of them are:
- Cantilever Bridge – Designed with abutment tooth (crown) on only one side of the false tooth (pontic). It is not recommended for back of the mouth where it can place too much pressure on other teeth and damage them.
- Fixed Bridge – This is a traditional bridge that has at least one pontic and crowns placed on either side of it. These are the most popular and are strong enough to replace molars.
- Adhesive Bridge – This type of bridge has a pontic that is held in place with a metal or porcelain wing. There can be either a single wing on the bridge or two wings attached on each side.
Materials For Bridges
Bridges can be made from different materials and have a variety of designs, which your dentist will discuss with you during the consultation.
At Dr. Kanowtiz, our dental technicians handcraft each bridge so you get the natural look that also sits comfortably in your mouth, giving you an excellent bite.
Apart from the consultation, two appointments are required. During the first sitting, the tooth is prepared for the bridge abutment. The second appointment is needed to fit the bridge permanently.
The First Appointment: Tooth Preparation
- Local anaesthesia is administered by the dentist to numb the surrounding gum and tooth.
- The dentist will shape the outer surfaces of the tooth, creating a cylindrical shape onto which the bridge will seat.
- Special dental ‘putty’ generally made of silicon is used to take the impression (mould) of your teeth. It is done by placing the putty in an impression tray, which is then inserted into the mouth and you are required to push your teeth into it to make the impression.
- The impression is removed after the putty is set. The impression of the opposite teeth are also taken for the technician to observe how your bite fits together.
- Onto the prepared tooth, a temporary crown is cemented to protect it while the bridge is being created.
- The impression of the bridge is sent to the dental laboratory where our technician will handcraft the bridge. This process can take between two to three weeks.
The Second Appointment: Fitting
- Local anaesthesia may be administered by the dentist to numb the surrounding gum and tooth.
- The temporary crown is removed, and the provisional cement is washed off the tooth.
- The dentist will position the dental bridge, ensuring that it fits correctly. Once you like the appearance of the new crown, the dentist will permanently cement it in place.
- The dentist will check your bite and may make a few minor adjustments.
To check whether you need bridge restoration dentistry book a consultation with us today.
“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure. Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”