Dental Bridges

Dental bridges represent a form of dental restoration which serves to replace missing teeth. It is a known fact that missing teeth affect the aesthetic appearance and the functionality of the mouth cavity. They may lead to changes in the bite and shift in the teeth. They may also result in speech impediments and augment the risks of periodontal disease. In terms of pricing, geographic location, terms of the dental insurance, and the need of additional procedures determine the cost of the bridge.

The conventional bridges require some preliminary preparation and reshaping of the surrounding teeth. Then, crowns will be fixed on the artificial tooth and attached to the so called pontic or an artificial tooth. The materials employed in fabrication include gold, porcelain, or a fusion of porcelain and metal. The needed reduction of the toothís size varies with the choice of material. Single crowns as well as bridges are fabricated via the lost-wax technique.

The initial visit at the dentist office is intended for preliminary evaluation of the gums and the teeth. The aim is to assess whether the patientís mouth cavity is an appropriate candidate for the placement of dental bridge. If the results seem satisfactory, the teeth are prepared so that they are capable to support the bridge. The procedure is typically conducted under some form of anesthesia. If the teeth are decayed or severely damaged, the dentist will proceed to build them up. Then, he or she will prepare a model of the patientís teeth which will serve as a basis for the preparation of the dental bridge. It is essential that the bridge is fabricated with all due precision so as to avoid any future problems such as teeth decay. The patient receives a temporary bridge until the permanent dental bridge is fabricated. The purpose is to protect the teeth and the gums from any possible damages. The final phase of the procedure will cover the fitting and cementing of the permanent bridge.

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