At LDS we have clients from time to time who require bridge work, this is basically for when you are missing a tooth and what it does is it fills the gap left and thus reduces decay, gum disease, in-growing teeth and problems eating.
WHY A DENTAL BRIDGE?
A dental bridge is often the solution when you have cracked, broken or missing teeth. In essence they are a false tooth or teeth fitted on a frame which is moulded to fit your jaw line and held in place by being attached with dental cement to existing teeth. On the basis you floss and clean your teeth on a regular basis, the bridge can last a considerable time. The importance is that you have enough existing teeth to allow it to be attached. In the event you have crowns fitted these too can be used to secure the bridge.
REPLACING MISSING TEETH
Its important to replace missing teeth to stop infection and gum disease plus it helps to stop further damage setting in and for cosmetic reasons – your smile, eating, talking etc as a side not, it having a bridge can help with bad breath too.
WHAT IS THE MATERIAL USED TO MAKE A BRIDGE
There are different types of bridges made from either metal or resin, for example if your missing a lot of teeth a temporary resin bridge can be moulded at the practice whilst you wait, a permanent bridge is usually made of metal.
WHATS THE PROCEEDURE FOR FITTING A BRIDGE?
When your dentist has fully examined your teeth and gums he/she will then shape the donor tooth make it thinner so it can accommodate the actual bridge, they can be in rows of 5 prosthetic s usually however this also depends on the strength of your jawbone and suitability to receive it. Usually made of Porcelain or metal they are matched to the color of your existing teeth giving you’re a beautiful natural smile.
HOW LONG DOES A BRIDGE LAST?
Generally around 5-15 years, this is dependent on taking care of them with regular brushing, flossing and checkups with your dentist. They may work loose over time and this can be due to pressure in the mouth, gum disease etc so good oral hygiene is the word.