Dental Bridges

dental-2There may be a wide variety of reasons why a person may need false teeth – perhaps the passage of time has had an effect on their mouth or maybe they require a remedy for an accident which might have caused damage to their teeth.

If you require false teeth you may be interested to know more about dental bridges, which can provide a solution in many circumstances.

So, what are dental bridges?

Dental bridges, as you might have guessed, are false teeth. How do they work? Well, the bridges are fixed onto the patient’s existing teeth to replace missing teeth. It helps to fill a gap where a patient might have one or more missing teeth.

Known as a pontic, the false teeth or tooth is placed in between two crowns which fulfil a role as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth. This creates a bridging effect – all sorted!

When might they be used?

graftAs discussed, the function of dental bridges is to replace missing teeth. A dentist will take into account the following factors when determining whether they are necessary:

* Whether the missing teeth affect the patient’s appearance – notably their smile and shape of their face.

* If the missing teeth are affecting the way the bottom and top teeth bite together.

* Whether the speech is affected.

* Oral hygiene, including gum disease, will also be considered in deciding whether to affix dental bridges.

Tell me what the benefits are

There are a number of advantages of using dental bridges. These include the fact they can provide a natural appearance for the patient and, let’s not forget, improve the person’s smile. They also last a significantly long period of time – from about 10 to 15 years and in general only require two appointments with the dentist.

Are there any disadvantages?

You might want to be aware that if you opt for dental bridges your teeth and gums could be susceptible to infection due to the potential for the accumulation of bacteria under the bridges. Another disadvantage of using this procedure include the fact teeth can become sensitive to extreme temperatures. Finally, in order to work the dental bridges need health tooth tissues from neighbouring teeth.

Is there anything else I would need to be aware of?

Patients who have dental bridges will be advised to stick to a number of habits to maintain their oral hygiene and assist the bridges.2a

One key piece of advice is to brush and floss twice daily – although this does not differ to any standard advice given by a dentist.
In addition, the patient will be asked to ensure they stick to good diet and eating habits. For example, eating soft foods and small pieces in order to acclimatise to the bridges. Also, a balanced and nutritional diet is highly recommended.

So, all in all, dental bridges are unlikely to provide a major upheaval for the patient choosing to use wear them, so long as they stick to the dentists’ advice and have regular check-ups.

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