Dental bridges are an effective solution for people with one or more missing teeth. They are fixed prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth by attaching to the surrounding natural teeth or dental implants. These bridges are often recommended for individuals who are not good candidates for dental implants, either due to bone loss or other oral health concerns.
Missing a tooth or teeth can cause problems, including difficulty eating, speaking, and even self-consciousness when smiling or talking. A dental bridge can help to alleviate these issues and improve the overall appearance and function of the teeth.
Generally, they are recommended when a person has one or more missing teeth and good healthy teeth on either side of the gap. It allows the bridge to be anchored to the healthy teeth, providing a stable and secure replacement for the missing teeth.
The process of getting dental bridges involves several visits to the dentist. The dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel.
Then, an impression is made of the teeth to create a custom-made bridge in a dental laboratory. In the meantime, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared teeth and maintain the proper spacing.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is cemented and adjusted for proper fit and function. The dentist will provide instructions on how to care for the bridge, including proper brushing and flossing techniques and regular dental check-ups.