The implications of having missing teeth can affect not just the aesthetics of your smile but also alter so many other things. Your speech, your bite or the arrangement of your teeth, and even your chances of periodontitis or gum disorders are affected by tooth loss. For this reason, you have so much more motivation to have your smile fixed, in addition to restoring the beauty of it. When it comes to replacing one or two missing teeth, bridges are more practical than dentures. Unlike dentures, which can be rather complicated to fabricate, dental bridges are a more convenient way to replace a lost tooth.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are basically oral prosthesis which fill in the gap left by a missing tooth by acting as a bridge between your naturally existing teeth. Bridges are made using a series of crowns, a pair of which is placed over the adjacent natural teeth that flank the gap left by missing tooth. At the same time, a crown is placed in the gap in order to make it appear that you have all of your teeth intact.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
There are different types of dental bridges available, including conventional and cantilever bridges, as well as Maryland bridges.
Conventional Dental Bridges. Also known as traditional dental bridges, this type of dental bridge involve natural existing teeth, on both sides of the gap, being covered with porcelain crowns in order to attach and immobilize the pontic to the space left by the missing tooth. Traditional dental bridges are made of either composite resin or porcelain material.
Cantilever Dental Bridges. This type of dental bridge is just like the conventional dental bridge; only one tooth next to the gap is involved in the dental bridge.
Maryland Dental Bridge. Also known as the resin-bonded bridge, Maryland dental bridges are composed of a resin-made tooth as well as a gum-like structure that is supported with the help of a metal framework. This type of dental bridge looks like it has metal wings on both sides which are used to attach the bridge to your natural teeth.
How soon can you get your dental bridges?
The timeframe for getting your dental bridge will depend on how soon they can be processed by your dentist and fabricated by a laboratory technician. However, what is sure is that it would require two visits to the dentist before you can get your dental bridges. The first visit will take care of making impressions of your teeth so that the right measurements can be used in fabricating your dental bridges. The second visit will then be for the actual fitting of your dental bridge.
At Moore Dentistry in Fishers, IN, Dr. Brent A. Moore and the rest of his dental staff can have your dental bridges done in around two to three weeks since the initial visit. With the help of Dr. Moore, you can have your smile last for up to 15 years through dental bridges.
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