Fixed Prosthodontics / Dental Crown and Bridge
Fixed prosthodontics is used to restore single or multiple teeth which have been lost. This is a technique used to restore lost teeth using fixed prosthesis which includes crown, bridge, inlay, onlay and veneers.
Crown commonly referred as cap is used to cover a tooth. Crowns may be made of gold or other similar metals, porcelain or combination of the two.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace an edentulous area (space where teeth are missing) usually by connecting to fixed restoration or adjacent teeth. It can be supported either by natural teeth or implants. Teeth or implants used to support the bridge are called abutments. The part of the bridge which replaces a missing tooth or teeth and attaches to abutments is known as pontic.
Missing spaces between teeth increases the risk of other dental problems like drifting of adjacent teeth, gum disease and decay can also occur. Dental bridge also helps to correct bite issues and can even improve your speech.
Traditional fixed bridge, Resin bonded bridges and Cantilever bridges are three different types of bridges.
Who is candidate for a dental bridge?
A person with single or multiple missing teeth is usually a candidate for a dental bridge.
How is bridge placed?
It is placed usually in two appointments. In first appointment a mild anesthetic is applied to your mouth near the tooth where bridge is being placed and the dentist will clear an area surrounding the teeth on each side of the space to accommodate for the thickness of false tooth or pontic. Then the dentist will make an impression of your mouth and sent it to lab for fabrication of bridge. Between your first and second appointment a temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth to protect your teeth and gums till permanent bridge is placed.
In the second appointment the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is placed.
What will be the color of dental bridge?
The whiteness of your dental bridge will be depending upon the current condition and structure of your natural teeth. The goal is to achieve the exact shade of the natural adjacent teeth of the bridge to make it look natural and achieve a brighter smile.
Is eating with dental bridge difficult?
Bridge is placed to improve the efficiency of chewing and make eating much easier. Initially you may have to cut your food into smaller pieces but later you will experience the full benefits of fixed teeth or bridge.
How do I care for my bridge?
Brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Oral homecare is very important in maintaining the health of your dental bridge. Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge so good oral hygiene should be maintained for longer life of your bridge.