It is very important to replace missing teeth as soon as they are lost because missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.
Bridges span is the space where the teeth are missing. Dental specialists cemented the bridges to the natural teeth or dental implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments and serve as anchors for the bridge. Pontic (a replacement tooth) is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of different materials for bridges.
Ceramic or Porcelain bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease and help to correct some bite issues and improve your speech.
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the empty spaces, which may result in a bad bite. With dental bridges or dental implants, the dentist can improve smiles by filling in gaps or replacing missing teeth.
Before placing a bridge careful planning of the case by your dentist is essential. Bridges should be of adequate span with adequate support from the abutment teeth. It’s important to take the condition of the abutment teeth into consideration. There should be enough strength and structure in the abutment teeth to support the overlying bridge. The margins of the crown on the abutment teeth should be flushing with the margin of the abutment teeth i.e. there should not be any gap between the two and no overhang either. If the fitting of the crown on the abutment is not ideal i.e. there are gaps or over hangs in the restoration, then the underlying abutment tooth would be at risk to develop caries and become rotten. That is why the crowns on the abutment teeth should have ideal fittings.
However, dental bridges are not the only option for replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures and implants are another way to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are removable prostheses that replace missing teeth. However, they are pretty outdated now as most people prefer fixed prostheses in their mouths. But in certain cases because of the situation of the patient’s mouth this can be the only treatment option. When front teeth are missing, they can be replaced by dental bridge front teeth.
Dental bridges Vs implant
Do you know that now Implants are the best option to replace missing teeth? They are closest to a natural tooth. But implants also have certain limitations. Adequate bone strength, width and height are required to place an implant. If the patient does not have an underlying medical condition and has adequate bone then the long term prognosis of the implant is very good. Unlike bridges, when placing an implant, the adjacent teeth are not involved and left untouched. How much do bridges cost? The dental bridge cost is lower than a single implant. However, if the necessary conditions are met to place an implant then it is definitely a better option than dental bridges.
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