Dental Bridge Cost & Treatment in Ahmedabad
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures it cannot be removed daily and cleaned.
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What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures it cannot be removed daily and cleaned. Bridges can be supported in any of three ways:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants
Gaps formed by missing teeth eventually lead the adjacent teeth to rotate or shift into the empty space resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can eventually lead to gum disease and Temporomandibular joint disorders.
What are the components of dental bridges?
A Three Unit Dental Bridge consists of the following components:
- Retainer: A crown i.e. used as part of fixed partial denture for retention and support from abutment tooth is called a Retainer.
- Abutment: It is any tooth, or implant, which gives attachment and support to fixed partial denture.
- Pontic: Pontic is the artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth in a fixed partial denture. Pontics are attached to retainers. All the forces acting on the pontic are transferred to abutment through the retainers.
Fixed Partial Denture, also known as “Crown & Bridge”, is used to span, or bridge, an edentulous area (space where teeth are missing), usually by connecting to fixed restorations on adjacent teeth. The teeth receiving the crowns need to be periodontally healthy and strong and may or may not need root canal therapy. However,tooth preparation will be done to receive the crowns. Traditional bridges are made either of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or ceramics.
What are different types of dental bridges?
There are other types of bridges as well. A cantilever bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing. A Maryland bonded bridge consists of a metal framework with “wings” on each side. The wings are bonded to the back of your existing teeth. The false teeth are also bonded to the framework. This type of bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge or an acid-etched bridge. Bonded bridges usually are not as expensive as traditional bridges. That’s because the adjacent teeth need less preparation and do not get crowns. However, these bridges are only as strong as the bonding material. Resin-bonded bridges tend not to stay cemented in place as well as other kinds in parts of the mouth where there is a lot of biting force. They also may not be the best choice if the wings will have to be small to avoid getting in the way of the bite or the gums. Getting a bridge requires at least two visits, but often more. At the first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth and covers them with temporary crowns. The dentist may also make impressions of the teeth.