What is a Dental Bridge? Dental Bridge literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A Dental Bridge is made up of two or more Crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called Abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called Pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental Bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Assist In Clear Speech
- Keep Teeth From Shifting Out Of Position
- Restore Anchoring Teeth
- Replace Teeth For Proper Chewing and Eating
- Restore The Smile
- Maintain The Shape Of The Face
- Distribute The Biting Forces Properly
What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?
There are 3 main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional Bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever Bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland Bonded Bridges (also called a Resin-Bonded Bridge or a Maryland Bridge) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
What Is The Process Of Getting A Dental Bridge?
It usually takes 2 Dental Appointments for getting a Dental Bridge. Dental Bridge must be issued in Dental Clinic by Dentists/Dental Specialists.
- In First Appointment:
- Abutment teeth are prepared by contouring these teeth.
- Impressions of the teeth are then made.
- Dentist will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
- In Second Appointment:
- Temporary bridge will be removed
- New Permanent Dental Bridge will be checked and adjusted as necessary.
- Dental Bridge is cemented into place.
What Are The Indication of Dental Bridges?
- Aesthetic Restorations Of Teeth
- Restoring Teeth With High Degree Of Abrasion
- Restoring Teeth With Advanced Destructions, Erosions Or Large Fillings
- Replacement Of Old, Inadequate Restorations.
- Treatment Of Occlusal Disorders.
- Restoration Of Partial Edentulism If Enough Healthy Teeth Remain On The Dental Arch
What Are The Contraindication of Dental Bridges?
- Treatment Of Partial Edentulism If There Is Not Enough Periodontal Support
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Some General Health Conditions
Dental Bridges must be done & issued by trained Dentists or Dental Specialists. Always consult your Dentists when you are in doubt.
Article written by,
Dr. Wong Kee Cheong (Tommy)
BDS (AIMST), MBA (SEGi), YCDP