Aesthetic Porcelain Bridgeworks
When a patient is missing one to several teeth in a row, we often recommend a dental bridge. Among the most time-tested and effective treatments for patients who are missing one or more of their nature teeth, fixed dental bridges restore health, function, and strength to the mouth. Unlike their counterparts of the past, however, modern dental bridges offer as many aesthetic benefits as they do oral health benefits.
In our clinic, we not only commit to providing the best cosmetic result, but our dental bridges and partial dentures are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.
What is a dental bridge?
If you require a more extensive restoration than a crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a good solution is a bridge. A dental bridge are crowns connected to each other that is inserted to replace a missing one. It is anchored in place against two crowns on either side which are attached to the existing teeth (or implants), so a bridge is formed. It should function and look just as well as your natural teeth.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal or Zirconia base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing.
What material are bridges made from?
Cosmetic bridges are made from any number of materials which includes porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or Zirconia.
Advantages of a bridge:
- Prevents tooth decay and gum disease caused by the presence of food particles in gaps between the teeth.
- Eases pressure on the teeth either side of the gap (stops them from falling inwards).
- Reduces the risk of bone re-absorption
- Ensures a smooth, clean jaw line and improved facial appearance.
How a bridge is done
- Preparation: If you have healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth (or teeth), your dentist files down the 2 healthy teeth to prepare them for the bridge. If you don’t have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support a bridge, then dental implants may be surgically placed. The implant acts as an anchor to hold an artificial tooth or bridge in place.
- Taking an Impression: Next, your dentist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions .The model is being sent to the laboratory and is used to custom-make the bridge.Meanwhile your dentist places a temporary bridge in your mouth to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
- Fitting of the Bridge: During your second visit, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and places the custom made bridge in your mouth. The crowns are either cemented to your 2 healthy teeth or attached to your dental implants on each side of the missing tooth (or teeth).
Caring for your bridgework
If you take good care of your bridge, it should generally last for about 10 years, or perhaps longer. Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day. Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader to floss under and around the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are also important. If you have an implant bridge, your dentist will show you how to properly care for them. To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.