Dental bridges simply bridge the gap of the missing teeth. False tooth or teeth generally known as pontics can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or from the combination of these materials. Two or more anchored teeth are called abutment teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional bridges involving a crown for tooth with a pontic in between the either side of the missing tooth are made of either porcelain or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges done in adjacent teeth only on one side of the missing tooth or teeth. It is not done in places where too much force would damage them.
- Porcelain framework plastic teeth are Maryland bonded bridges whose wings on each side of the bridge bond the existing teeth.
Process for getting a Dental Bridge
Dental bridge formation requires the visit to the dentist for the impressions of the teeth. With that impression the bridge, pontic or crown would be made in the dental lab. Only a temporary bridge would be done by the dentist to protect the exposed teeth and gums till the time, bridge is being completed.
On the second visit, the temporary bridge would be removed while the new bridge would be placed with proper checks and adjustments to achieve the desired results. Multiple visits to the dentist might require for adjustment of metal framework along with bites. It completely depends on the individual. But for fixed dental bridge, the temporary cementing is done for its proper fit.
Lasting of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can last 5 to 15 years or even longer if you as a patient maintain good oral hygiene and regular checkups. If bridges are fixed then with proper maintenance it can go over 10 years.