What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an artificial or false prosthesis i.e. fixed in place of missing tooth/teeth. Dental bridge has an artificial tooth called pontic i.e. suspended by crowns cemented onto prepared natural teeth. It is typically made from material like porcelain that goes along with the natural color of teeth. At Sabka Dentist,Dental bridge treatment is carried out to replace the missing tooth or teeth at an affordable price. 

Expert’s Opinions

  • Dr. Jena Shah Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Dental bridge is the most reliable option for missing teeth for the ones who cannot get Implants done due to various reasons. It helps is performing the same functions as your natural teeth does."
  • Dr. Ankita Gada Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Missing teeth can lead to change in facial shape and chewing habits. Dental bridge is the best option to maintain the shape of your face and distribute the forces in your bite properly.”
  • Dr. Reena Waghela Dental Director of Sabka dentist says “Dental Bridge is one of the best options used these days to prevent teeth from drifting out of its original position.”

What types of dental bridges are there?

  • traditional
  • implant-supported

Traditional dental bridge

A traditional dental bridge framework consists of an artificial tooth or teeth that are held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the teeth adjacent to missing tooth/teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge that can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth/teeth.

Implant-supported dental bridge

Implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns. Typically, an implant is surgically placed for every missing natural tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in proper position. If one implant for each missing tooth is not possible, the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

Implant-supported bridges are considered the strongest and most stable system. However, it commonly requires two surgeries:

  • one to place the implants in the jawbone
  • a second surgery is to place the bridge

This treatment can take several months for completion.

How does a dental bridge work?

1. Restore a confident smile:

If you have a missing tooth/ teeth, especially in the visible area, you may feel self-conscious and embarrassed. People may notice the gap often. So, a bridge will be come to aid and match to the shade of the nearby teeth. It will resemble natural tooth/teeth.

2. Restore the ability to properly chew:

Missing tooth/ teeth can hinder the ability to eat certain foods. You will have the foods you ‘can’ eat rather than the foods you ‘want’ to eat. A bridge can restore the function of a natural tooth/teeth. It will help to restore the ability to properly chew.

3. Replace Missing Teeth:

Remaining teeth may start to move into the place of missing tooth/teeth (Mesial Drifting). This can encroach the space that can otherwise be occupied by a prosthesis. Therefore, a dental bridge will replace missing teeth and prevent tooth migration.

4. Speech problems:

One’s speech can be affected by missing teeth. The tongue comes in contact with the teeth, alveolar ridge, or hard palate during the articulation of speech sound. Therefore, absence of teeth may cause a changed perception and therefore alter tongue movement and speech. A dental bridge can thus improve phonetics.

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What is the process of having a dental bridge?

  1. Clinical Assessment:Detailed dental and medical history is taken.Patient’s occlusion, caries risk, periodontal health, radiographs,etc are examined. Abutment teeth are selected and the framework of bridge design is decided.
  2. Primary impressions: Primary impressions can be taken with alginate to make study casts.
  3. Diagnostic wax up:This enables the patient to visualise how the prosthesis will look. The wax up can also be used to make a putty matrix which can be used subsequently to make a temporary restoration.
  4. Tooth preparation: For conventional bridge, parallel path of insertion is maintained. Tooth conservation, clearance of occlusion and well defined preparation margins should be achieved.
  5. Master impressions: An accurate impression should be made of the prepared teeth, along with an impression of the opposing arch. The master casts are used to provide accurate information about the occlusion to construct the prosthesis.
  6. Occlusal registration: This is needed to allow the opposing casts to be related accurately.
  7. Temporary restoration: Temporary restorations should be fabricated until the placement of the final restoration.
  8. Try in: Confirm the clinical acceptability before cementing definitively.
  9. Final placement:
    Once the prosthesis is clinically acceptable, the bridgework should be definitively.

What are the benefits?

  1. It will help to improve the way you look, bite, and speak.
  2. The artificial tooth color can be matched with your natural teeth.
  3. A bridge can last for many years. But you must maintain oral hygiene

How do you clean a dental bridge?

The dental bridge has to be cared like natural teeth. Teeth should be kept clean using a proxy brush or dental floss. Ensure you are properly brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Maintaining oral hygiene will help to prevent cavities. It also reduces the development of inflammation of the gum tissue. Please consult your dentist for a regular check-up and professional cleaning appointment.

How much is a dental bridge cost?

Cost may depend on various things such as the type of the bridge and the required amount of treatment. You can see the price on our site. You can find clinic that is close to your location and consult a dentist for a detailed quotation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 3 unit dental bridge?

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, root 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.
  • Connector: It is the connection that exists between the pontic and retainer. They may be rigid or non rigid.

Are dental bridges removable?

No. Dental bridges are fixed partial dentures that are cemented to natural teeth or roots, which furnish the primary support to the prosthesis.

How long after extractions can a bridge be fitted?

Once the socket heals completely after 3 – 6 months following extraction, a bridge can be fitted.

Can a bridge be done on front teeth?

Yes. Bridges can be used as replacement for front teeth. However, there should be adequate support from periodontally sound abutments.

Can a dental bridge replace 2 missing teeth?

Yes. A Dental Bridge can replace 2 or more missing teeth as long as there are sufficient number of abutments to provide support to the prosthesis.

How is a Maryland bridge held in place?

Maryland Bridge is a type of resin bonded fixed partial denture. Mechanical retention in Maryland Bridge is obtained by the micro-porosities present on the tissue surface of retainer, which is created by acid etching.

What is a Pontic tooth?

A Pontic is an artificial tooth on fixed partial denture that replaces missing tooth, restores it’s function and occupies the space previously occupied by natural crown.

Which is better, dental implants or bridging?

A bridge consists of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that are cemented onto prepared natural teeth on either side. An implant is a false tooth i.e. attached to a titanium post that has been inserted in the jaw bone. The false teeth and crowns in bridges and the false teeth in implants are matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, but, even so, a bridge can be noticed. Unlike an implant, the false tooth of a bridge isn’t inserted into the jawbone. The location of the missing tooth is important when determining between a bridge or implant replacement. Time and cost also should be considered. Bridge can be fabricated within few weeks, but the implant procedure may take longer (three to six months). Also, Dental bridges are more affordable over Implants.

How long does a dental bridge last?

With proper oral hygiene and frequent dental visits, a dental bridge can last over 10 years.
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