Where are dental bridges used?
Dental bridges are similar to a row of crowns joined together. They are fixed between two crowns to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. The adjacent teeth, known as abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. The replacement tooth is called a pontic and is attached to the abutment teeth.
When are dental bridges not used?
If there are more than two-three missing teeth, dental bridges are not advised because longer spanning bridges are prone to collapsing.
Dental bridges vs. implants
Dental bridges are cheaper than implants, and hence attractive to the cost-conscious. But cost is not the deciding factor. Many other factors like your bone structure, the condition of the adjacent teeth, your commitment to oral hygiene, etc. are considered by our dentists before recommending either dental bridges or dental implants.
Choosing between a dental bridge and a dental filling
Dental bridges and dental fillings serve completely different purposes and hence cannot be compared in terms of their function. Dental fillings are restorations that sit within the walls of a tooth. They are used to fill a portion of the tooth eaten away by decay or damage; but the tooth is still there. But dental bridges are used to fill the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth.
On your first visit, we will first remove all traces of decay or damage from your mouth. This is common to any mouth restoration procedure. Then, our dentist will give anesthesia to numb the site of the bridge. The adjacent teeth need to be prepared for the correct taper and accommodate the thickness of the crown. If the adjacent teeth already have fillings, the filling may serve as a foundation for the crown.
An impression will be then prepared, which becomes the mould from which the bridge, false tooth and crowns will be prepared. A temporary bridge is put in place until the permanent one is ready. This temporary bridge helps protect your teeth and gums.
On your second visit to the dental clinic, the dental bridge procedure is completed. The permanent bridge is fitted and cemented in place.