Fixed Dental Bridges
A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing natural teeth, thereby “bridging” the space between two teeth. They can be either all ceramic or porcelein fused to metal bridges.
The only disadvantage with fixed bridge is that the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth site are slightly reduced in size.
1 sitting: 30 – 45 mins (per tooth) for crown cutting
3 – 4 working days for the bridge to be delivered
Types of dental bridges
All Resin – These are normally used for temporary coverage. However they do not last long like other types of crowns because they are not very fracture resistant.
All Metal – This includes gold alloy and other base metal alloys. Metal crowns are the toughest. They rarely break or chip and can resist daily wear and tear. The only disadvantage is that they look like metal and not a natural tooth.
Ceramic fused to Metal – They merge the strength of the metal along with the esthetics of porcelain. Although the porcelain is somewhat more prone to chipping, they are still tough. They are the most commonly used crowns now.
All Ceramic – These crowns are best esthetically and have the advantage of being ‘metal free’. This is a big advantage even for subsequent scan in the face and head region since it does not produce ‘scatter’ during CT scans.
Frequently Asked Question
Is dental bridge treatment painful?
No, the treatment is not painful and gives only minimal discomfort. A local anesthetic is given during the procedure to experience pain-free treatment.
How long do the dental bridges last?
With proper oral habits and regular dental visits, it will last from 10 to 15 years.
Are bridges a removable appliance?
No, bridges are fixed appliances and cannot be removed without the help of a dentist.
What is meant by “unit” when describing a dental bridge?
A unit indicates that the bridge replaces a single tooth and 3-unit refers to a bridge that is made up of 3 replacement teeth.
How do I care for my bridges?
Brush and floss it regularly like your natural teeth. Avoid eating hard foods to prevent any damage. Also, visit your dentist regularly.