Dental Bridge Procedures

Dental Bridge Procedure is a procedure wherein a customized false tooth is implanted in place of a missing tooth. Dental bridges or false tooth fill the spaces where teeth are missing.

Types of Dental Bridge:

Basically, there are three types of dental bridges – fixed bridge, resin bonded bridge and cantilever bridge.

a) Fixed Bridge:

In this type of bridge, false tooth is attached to the crowns, which acts like two walls, at a place where a tooth is missing. Crown is that part of the teeth which is available to the naked eye. As the name suggests, this bridge cannot be taken out once implanted. It is generally used to replace one or more missing teeth.

b) Resin Bonded Bridge:

Mostly used for front teeth, this type of bridge is less expensive as compared to the other bridges. Herein, false tooth is attached to the surrounding teeth with the help of a metal band and resin. This type is generally used when surrounding teeth are in good shape.

c) Cantilever Bridge:

In this type of bridge, false teeth are implanted to fill in the open space where there are more than one tooth missing. It is used when teeth are only on one side of the empty space.

Dental Bridge Procedure:

Dental bridge procedure is generally implanted in two sittings. In the first sitting, dentist gives mild anesthesia to the patient to numb the area. Then he removes part of the teeth on both sides of the missing teeth to make adjustments for the crown. The dentist takes an impression of the teeth. Based on the impressions, bridges, false teeth and crowns are made. He places the temporary bridge in place of the missing teeth to protect the teeth and gums from any disease till the temporary bridges are being made. In the second sitting, doctor removes the temporary bridges and fixes the permanent ones over the surrounding teeth. And you get those sparkling natural white teeth!.

Cost of Dental Bridges:

It varies from dentist to dentist. The more experienced the dentist, the higher are the charges for the dental bridge procedure. It also depends upon the type of bridge – Fixed and Cantilever bridges are more expensive as compared to the Resin Bonded Bridges.

Advantages of Dental Bridges:

If there is a space between your teeth and you don’t go for dental bridge procedure, there are high chances that your teeth would start dislocating and become crooked. Empty spaces between the teeth also increase your chances of getting gum-related diseases and tooth decay. The best thing about the dental bridges is that it looks quite natural just like your other teeth. So you no longer need to feel embarrassed in front of your friends, family and colleagues for that empty space.

Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:

Your teeth will become sensitive to extreme temperatures for some weeks after the procedure. Also, if you don’t maintain proper dental hygiene, your teeth and gums can be infected. If dental hygiene is properly maintained, dental bridges last for at least five years. Go for dental bridge procedure and smile your way to popularity!