Do you have missing teeth? These gaps can be bridged with dental bridges. Customised dental bridges are a great way to restore your smile and oral health.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are a way to replace two or more missing teeth in your mouth, whereby an artificial tooth is fixed permanently to adjoining teeth.
Tooth gaps can be filled in using dental bridges. A pontic, or dental bridge, spans the space between two healthy teeth. Bridges are a great way to restore your smile, bite, and overall oral health. It permanently bonds replacement teeth to the teeth around them. Gold is one option for pontics, but porcelain is more common because of how closely it resembles natural teeth.
Dental Bridge Process in Singapore
First Visit: Preparing the abutment teeth
The first dental appointment involves preparing the abutment teeth for the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Some of the enamel (the outside layer of the teeth) will be removed so that there is room for the crown to be placed over them.
Second Visit: Fitting of permanent crowns
During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed, and the permanent crowns will be checked for proper fitting. The permanent bridges will then be cemented in place using a strong, permanent type of cement. Your dentist will check the crowns to ensure that your bite is not too high and adjust it accordingly.
Impression of teeth
Using a soft putty-like material that the patient bites into, an impression of the teeth will be taken by leaving an indentation of the exact outline of the teeth. Next, a plaster-like material is poured into the impressions to make a model of the teeth—in which the bridge will be made in a dental lab. A temporary bridge will be placed over the abutment teeth to protect them until the permanent crown is constructed by the dental lab.
Which is a Better Option to Replace
Missing Teeth – Implants or a Dental Bridge?
Every patient is unique. Our dentist will check gum health, bone structure, and surrounding teeth during the initial appointment. Depending on individual cases, the dentist may suggest a bridge, denture, or implant to replace the missing teeth.
Points to check include:
- Amount of bone structure left
- The condition of the surrounding teeth
- Whether any root canals have been done
- The gum condition
Benefits & Side Effects
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Bridge failure The bridge could collapse. if so may need another bridge, implants, or additional dental work.
- Painful chewing Bridge eating can be difficult, especially in the weeks after the operation. Visit the dentist for an adjustment if the bite feels off.
- Infection Those with extensive tooth decay or gum disease may get infections following treatment.
- Tooth decay A tooth might deteriorate under the bridge crown. This is more likely in those with severe gum disease or tooth decay that requires crowns.
Excellent home care, including brushing and flossing, prevents tooth decay around bridges. Bridge floss exists.
After Bridge installation
- Maintaining good oral hygiene will help you stop additional deterioration.
- Visit the dentist twice a year to have the bridge inspected and the teeth cleaned.
Insurance & Subsidies
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