Fixed Teeth Replacement
Once the natural teeth are lost either due to injuries or due to extraction because of caries or periodontal involvement, they are artificially replaced. These artificial replacements of teeth could either be fixed, or removable prosthesis. Fixed Teeth replacement is either with the help of Bridge Prosthesis or Implants
Achieving a natural looking and realistic smile after tooth loss is possible with dental bridges. Dental bridges are one method used by dentists to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Depending on the dental bridge type you choose, the procedure and cost will vary.
Crown and bridge prosthesis is done whenever one or more teeth are lost. Bridge work is done by preparing artificial crowns on adjescent teeth which act as anchors or support and the replaced tooth or Pontic is attached to these crowns. this bridge is then cemented on these anchor teeth. This bridge work is either done in metals or most commonly done in porcelain fused to metal. Latest techniques have even replaced the metals with all ceramic bridge work such as Procera. Bridge work restores the masticatory function of the missing teeth to a large extent and are quite affordable.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. Natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of natural teeth and implants can be used to support the bridge.
There are three types of dental bridges:
This type of dental bridge work consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth in between. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used type of dental bridge and are made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). If there are no surrounding teeth to support the crowns, dental implants can be used to fix the bridge in place.
This type of dental bridge is used when there are teeth on only one side of the gap in the mouth. Two crowns fused to the replacement tooth are used to fix the bridge to the adjacent natural teeth.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
This type of dental bridge is made up of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. The bonded dental bridge is generally lower in cost than other types of bridges and is the most simple to apply.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dentist will begin your dental bridge work by filing down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns. Then, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be used to create the dental crowns.
Once the crowns are finished (crowns can be all-ceramic or made of metal or porcelain fused to metal), the false tooth (or teeth) will be bonded to them. When the dental bridge is ready, a return visit to the dentist will be necessary to place it on the teeth. During your final visit, the dentist securely cements the crowns over the surrounding teeth to complete your smile with the dental bridge. With proper care, dental bridges will last five to seven years and, in some cases, longer.
Dental Bridge Care and Repair
It is important to take proper care of your dental bridge to extend its life and maintain the health of your gums and natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regularly scheduled dental exams, will keep your dental bridge and oral health in top condition.
If your dental bridge is in need of repair, it is recommended that you visit a dentist as soon as possible to fix the problem. Delaying repairs may negatively affect your bite, cause gingival discomfort or infection, or create other serious dental heath issues requiring additional treatment.
When there is no teeth present distal to the missing teeth, then the teeth replacement with the bridge work is not possible. Sometimes the adjuscent teeth are not availble for crowns, then to replace the missing tooth impalnt is the only alternative.