Dental bridges are oral restorations made from dental-grade ceramic and are predominantly used as a replacement for natural teeth. Bridges are solid prosthetic teeth held in place by crowns on either side. This eliminates the need for surgery, making the procedure simple and quick.
What are the advantages of bridges?
- Bridges are made from dental-grade ceramic, which is highly durable and strong. This makes them last for several years without any hassle.
- Dental-grade ceramic is highly customizable. Its color, texture, and contour can be made to match that of the natural teeth, which helps keep them in disguise.
- Bridges restore oral functionality. With a dental bridge in place, you will be able to bite and chew food as you always used to with your natural teeth. Also, your phonetics will be restored to normal.
- Bridges fill the gap left by the missing tooth. This keeps the adjoining teeth from drifting from their orthodontically right positions.
- Most importantly, you can smile and interact with people with confidence. You will no longer have to be conscious of your facial appearance.
How are bridges placed?
When you visit our dental practice, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis and visually examine your oral condition. Scans and x-rays will be taken to map the positions of the existing teeth and determine your candidacy for bridges. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly and buffed to remove a thin layer of enamel from the adjoining teeth to accommodate crowns on them. A digital scan will be taken to create a digital impression of the teeth, which will be shared with the dental laboratory for fabricating the restoration. Meanwhile, we will bond a temporary bridge in place.
Once the permanent bridge is ready to be bonded, which will take a few days, we will schedule a second appointment. The temporary bridge will be taken off, and the teeth will be cleaned. They will be etched using a suitable etching solution to roughen their surfaces, after which the bridge will be placed on them. Their fit and contour will be checked and bonded permanently in place using dental adhesives. A curing light is used to harden it, after which it will be polished and checked for any bite issues.
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