You could have one or more teeth missing. Many issues might arise from a gap in your grin. Either dental bridges or dental implants are your two treatment alternatives. Bridges provide our patients a decent tooth replacement alternative, although not having the same longevity as dental implants.
A dental bridge does nothing more complicated than fill the space left by a lost tooth or teeth. Bridges are single-piece prostheses that are made of a tooth (or teeth) that are created to replace the missing teeth and two crowns on top of the teeth on each side of the gap. The crowns act as moorings.
They are affixed to the abutment teeth, which are the healthy teeth on each side of the gap. The lost tooth is replaced by a fake tooth called a pontic.
One to three consecutive teeth can be effectively replaced with this procedure. Patients should be in generally good oral health for restorative dental procedures to get the greatest outcomes. In order to reduce infection or inflammation, gum disease will be treated initially if the patient has it.
A dental bridge also needs teeth that are sturdy enough to hold the replacement tooth. The pontic or pontics in the centre are secured with crowns on two natural teeth that are connected by a conventional bridge. A cantilever bridge could be put in place in certain circumstances. The pontic of this restoration is located at the extreme back of the mouth and is connected to just one tooth.
If a tooth is lost, a dental bridge is a great way to improve the appearance of the smile. A bridge is also required to preserve the structure and alignment of teeth. A bridge stops adjacent teeth from shifting by filling the gap.
By supporting chewing and biting with the prosthetic tooth in position, the bridge also helps to equally distribute force and energy over the entire arch of teeth.
Many people opt not to replace a lost tooth, particularly if it’s a molar. That’s a terrible plan. Your teeth are held in place by pressure from the teeth on either side that are next to them. The pressure changes when a tooth (or teeth) are missing, and the teeth then have a tendency to shift over into the gap. In addition to harming your look, this generally leads to alignment and biting problems.
Please be aware that a lot of biting force energy is produced when you bite and chew. This energy passes through the teeth and into the jawbone that is located underneath them.
Our dentists provide two kinds of bridges to clients:
The tooth bridge mentioned at the top of the page is known as a traditional bridge because it consists of two capped abutment teeth with an artificial tooth or teeth in between. These are the most typical bridges that our dentists utilise, and they do so to provide a beautiful, natural-looking outcome.
Cantilever bridges are utilised when there are teeth on just one side of the space where a lost tooth or teeth should be. Cantilever bridges have two anchoring teeth on one side and seem more like a balcony than a bridge.