Are you missing a tooth or two due to external trauma, cavities or other oral conditions? According to certain studies, an average individual between the ages of 20 and 60 years have up to three missing or decayed teeth. Luckily, various choices are available to replace these missing teeth, among which dental bridges are a prominent one.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a way out when one of your teeth is missing. It is a ceramic prosthetic that is shaped exactly like a real tooth. The ceramic material used to make it can be customized to perfectly match the color, texture, translucency, and contour of the missing tooth. It helps to restore both the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth.
There are four main types of bridges. They are:
- Traditional bridge
- Cantilever bridge
- Maryland bridges
- Implant-supported bridges
Why should you choose a bridge?
- Bridges are excellent solutions to restore missing teeth as their appearance perfectly resembles that of the natural teeth. Anyone who takes a closer look at your teeth wouldn’t have the faintest idea that you have a fake tooth on.
- Biting and chewing food can be done without hassle with bridges. They wouldn’t get dislocated or slip off when you carry on with your everyday activities.
- Drifting of teeth from their positions due to missing teeth will be prevented. The bridge fills in the gap and makes sure this doesn’t happen.
- The material used to fabricate the bridge is highly durable and stain-resistant. Also, they are quite long-lasting.
How is the procedure performed?
During the first visit, a screening process would be carried out to check for gum diseases, drifting of teeth, spacing available for the bridge, etc. Once the candidacy is confirmed, we would take a highly precise mold of the teeth to serve as a reference to fabricate the bridge. Prior to this, the teeth next to the gap will be prepared by removing a thin layer of material from around them.
The bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory in a couple of weeks’ time using tooth-colored ceramic. It will be placed in the gap and checked for fit and comfort. Once it fits perfectly, it will be bonded permanently using dental adhesives. A blue curing light will be used to harden it which bonds it firmly to the adjacent teeth.
Call us at (804) 282-6005 or schedule an online appointment with Fred A. Knaysi, DDS and we’ll be able to guide you further.