A dental bridge is a common restorative dental treatment used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are anchored in place by dental crowns on the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The pontics essentially “bridge” the gap left by the missing teeth, restoring both the appearance and functionality of the patient’s smile.
Here are some key points about dental bridges:
- Types of Dental Bridges: There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges. The choice of a bridge depends on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the condition of the adjacent teeth, and the patient’s individual needs.
- Procedure: Getting a dental bridge typically involves multiple dental visits. During the initial visit, Dr. Kumar might prepare the adjacent teeth by reshaping them to accommodate the dental crowns. An impression of the teeth is taken, which serves as a model for creating the bridge and pontics. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. In subsequent visits, the permanent bridge is fitted and adjusted for a proper fit and bite.
- Benefits: Dental bridges offer several benefits, such as restoring the ability to speak and chew properly, improving the appearance of the smile, preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of position, and maintaining facial structure and jaw alignment. They also distribute bite forces evenly, reducing strain on remaining natural teeth.
- Oral Hygiene: Proper oral hygiene is crucial to maintain the longevity and health of a dental bridge. Regular brushing, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouth rinses are essential for keeping the bridge and surrounding gums clean. Dental check-ups are recommended to ensure the bridge remains in good condition and to address any potential issues promptly.
- Lifespan: With proper care, dental bridges can last for many years. The lifespan may vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, the materials used for the bridge, and the overall oral health of the patient. Regular dental examinations can help detect and address any issues that may arise.
It is important to consult Dr. Kumar or any other experienced and qualified dentist to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The dentist will evaluate the individual’s oral health and discuss the most suitable options to restore their smile and oral function. You can call 860.674.0707 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kumar. Following are the steps for fabrication of a dental bridge:
Examination and Treatment Planning
Dr. Kumar will examine your tooth and determine if a dental bridge is a viable choice to replace one or missing teeth for you. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the extent of the damage or decay. A treatment plan will be developed based on your specific needs.
Before placing a dental bridge, the affected tooth needs to be prepared. This involves removing a small portion of the tooth’s decayed or compromised structure to both side retaining teeth. If the tooth that needs replacement is not removed yet, it also needs to be removed prior to fabrication of the dental bridge.
After tooth preparation, an impression of the involved teeth (Retainers and pontics) and surrounding area is taken. This impression serves as a model for creating a custom-made dental bridge that fits precisely over the prepared tooth.
Temporary Dental Bridge
While the final dental bridge is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge is placed over the prepared teeth to protect them. Dr. Kumar fabricates temporary bridges himself and spends time to perfectly contour your temporary bridge. The temporary is fabricated with the best dental materials available today and is well-polished and finished. Here are the reasons why a temporary bridge is used:
- Protection: A temporary bridge protects the prepared teeth from sensitivity, discomfort, and damage. It covers the exposed teeth structures, preventing them from being affected by temperature changes or pressure from biting and chewing.
- Preservation of Teeth Structure: The temporary helps maintain the shape and position of the prepared teeth. It ensures that the surrounding teeth do not shift or move into the space left by the missing or prepared teeth.
- Functionality: A temporary bridge restores the functionality of the teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and chew normally while waiting for the final bridge. It helps prevent any disruption to your daily activities.
- Aesthetics: A temporary bridge provides a temporary solution to restore the appearance of the teeth while filling the space for one or missing teeth. It may not match the final bridge aesthetics perfectly, it offers a more natural-looking appearance than leaving the space/s empty without teeth.
- Evaluation and Adjustment: The temporary bridge also allows your dentist to assess the fit, bite alignment, and overall comfort before the final restoration is placed. Any necessary adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure the best possible fit and function of the final bridge.
- Patient Satisfaction: Provisional bridge gives patients an opportunity to preview and experience the look and feel of the final bridge. This allows for feedback and any desired modifications to be communicated to the dentist before the fabrication of the permanent restoration is completed.
Once the final bridge is ready, Dr. Kumar or your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and check the fit and appearance of the final one. Adjustments can be made if necessary. Once everything is satisfactory, the final restoration is cemented or bonded onto the prepared tooth using dental adhesives.
Final Adjustments and Polishing
After the final bridge is securely placed, we will ensure proper alignment with your bite and make any necessary adjustments. The surface is then polished to achieve a natural-looking shine.
Benefits of a dental bridge
Restoring the functionality of one of more missing teeth
Enhancing your smile by covering the space of your missing teeth
It is a fixed restoration and therefore, does not need daily removal and cleaning
Improving overall oral health and bite alignment
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FAQs about Dental Bridge
Yes, once the dental bridge is properly fitted and adjusted, you should be able to eat a wide variety of foods. However, it is recommended to initially stick to softer foods and gradually reintroduce harder and chewier foods as you get accustomed to the bridge. It is important to avoid biting directly on hard objects or using the teeth to open packages to prevent damage to the bridge.
Proper care and maintenance are essential for the longevity of a dental bridge. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using antimicrobial mouth rinses. Special attention should be given to cleaning the area under the bridge using floss threaders or interdental brushes. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also crucial to monitor the condition of the bridge and address any issues promptly.
The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on various factors, including oral hygiene practices, the materials used, and the individual’s overall oral health. On average, a well-maintained dental bridge can last for 5 to 15 years or even longer. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral care can help extend the lifespan of the bridge.
The duration for getting a dental bridge can vary depending on the individual case. Typically, it takes two to three dental visits over the course of a few weeks. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared and impressions are taken. The subsequent visits involve fitting and adjusting the final bridge.
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