Dental bridges are the simplest, and most-preferred means to restore a missing tooth. They are made from dental-grade ceramic and do not require surgery to be placed in position. They are worthy alternatives to dental implants, and patients who wish to get a tooth replaced in a short span of time without any complications can choose them.
What are the advantages of bridges?
- Bridges are highly durable and long-lasting. They usually last for several years without any hassle.
- Bridges can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of the natural teeth. This keeps them under disguise, allowing you to smile with confidence.
- Bridges completely fill the gap left by the missing tooth, thus keeping the adjoining teeth from drifting from their positions.
- They are quite simple, and the procedure for placing a bridge can be completed in two visits to the dentist’s practice.
- The prosthetic tooth would be resistant to staining as it is made from dental-grade ceramic.
- It would be highly stable, as the prosthetic tooth is held in position with the help of crowns on either side.
What is the procedure involved in placing bridges?
When you visit us for the initial consultation, we will thoroughly screen the mouth to check the severity of the condition. Scans and x-rays of the mouth will be taken to determine the spacing available for placing the bridge and check if the adjoining teeth have drifted from their positions. Also, the data from the scans will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the bridge will be fabricated from high-quality ceramic. Meanwhile, the dentist may place a temporary bridge in position to protect the prepared tooth surface.
Next, the dentist will schedule a follow-up consultation to bond the bridge in place. Etching solution will be applied to the tooth to roughen its surface. The bridge will be placed on the prepared tooth and checked for fit and comfort. Once its contour is confirmed, it will be bonded to the tooth using dental adhesives and hardened using a curing light.
The lifespan of the bridge can significantly be increased if you care for it well. Avoid biting and chewing hard foods, consuming a lot of sugary or colored foods, smoking cigarettes, or chewing tobacco, etc., to maintain its aesthetics and strength. If you feel the bridge has loosened from its position, visit a dentist at the earliest and get it restored.
To know more, please get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us at (317) 547-1111 to book an appointment with Dr. Sinnis at our office in Indianapolis, IN, and we'll guide you further.