Losing a tooth to cavities or injury can be a huge psychological letdown. The change in facial aesthetics due to this is massive and it can also hinder the functionality of the mouth. This is why dentists stress so much on getting missing teeth replaced as soon as possible to avoid the complications in the future.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth replacement appliance that is used to restore an extracted tooth. It comprises of a prosthetic ceramic tooth coupled with ceramic crowns on either side. The crowns help to hold the tooth in position and prevent it from slipping off. The restorations satisfy both the appearance as well as functional requirement.
Why should you choose a bridge?
- A bridge fills the gap left by a missing tooth, thereby restoring the facial aesthetics to normal. The patient would be spared of the embarrassment due to missing teeth. Naturally, they would feel more confident after the restoration.
- A bridge restores the functionality of the mouth (biting, chewing and phonetics).
- It is highly strong and durable. Since it is made from dental grade ceramic, it wouldn’t wear easily and would behave just as a normal tooth does.
- They are stain-resistant and long-lasting.
- The prosthetic tooth would look exactly like a natural tooth. Anyone who looks at you smile of talk wouldn’t have the faintest idea that it is a fake tooth.
The dentist would carefully diagnose your mouth to check for signs of malocclusion, infections, drifting of teeth, strength of the adjoining teeth to support the crown, etc. Once your candidacy is confirmed, the dentist will take scans and x-rays of the mouth to determine the positioning of the teeth. A mold may also be taken to act as a reference for fabricating the bridge. The data obtained will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the bridge will be made from tooth-colored ceramic material.
Once the bridge is fabricated, the adjoining teeth will be prepared for the crowns. They may be buffed and etched using an etching solution to provide the required grip. Dental adhesives will be used to bond the crowns to the adjoining teeth and hardened using a curing light. The bridge and crowns may be polished to bring the prosthetic as close as possible in appearance to the natural teeth. Care should be taken not to tear open plastic bags, bite into hard objects such as ice, etc. with the prosthetic bridge.
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