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Definiton

A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between the remaining natural teeth. It consists of artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are attached to crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the empty space. Dental bridges can be made from various materials such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both, and are customized to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. By filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, dental bridges help restore your smile, improve chewing function, and prevent shifting of surrounding teeth.

Useful Information

When a patient experiences tooth loss due to decay, injury, or periodontal disease, a dental bridge may be recommended to fill the resulting gap. The process begins with the preparation of the abutment teeth, which involves reshaping these teeth to accommodate the crowns that will support the bridge. Impressions of the teeth are then taken to create a model for the custom bridge. While the permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is adjusted for fit and then cemented into place. The dental bridge restores the patient’s ability to chew and speak properly, maintains the shape of their face, and distributes the forces in their bite properly by replacing missing teeth.

Interior and Exterior Applications

Interior

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, restoring the ability to chew and speak properly. They also maintain the shape of the face and alleviate stress on the bite by distributing forces evenly when chewing.

Exterior

By filling the gap left by missing teeth, dental bridges prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position, which can lead to a misaligned bite and other dental issues such as periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Key Features

Materials

Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramics, gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.

Support

Bridges are anchored onto existing teeth or implants, which serve as the support for the bridge.

Aesthetics

Designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth, dental bridges improve the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile.

Dental bridges play a crucial role in the dental ecosystem by replacing missing teeth, thereby improving oral functionality and aesthetics. They support oral health by preventing teeth migration and bite misalignment, contributing to the patient’s overall well-being.”

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