The most common way to cosmetically and functionally remedy missing teeth is to use dental bridges.
As the name implies, dental bridges connect the space between missing teeth. A dental bridge is basically a denture anchored to the teeth on each side of the absent teeth.
Dental bridges are made of porcelain, resin, gold, metal, plastic, and a combination of any of these materials. When cared for properly, you can expect them to last between five to fifteen years.
How is a Dental Bridge Procedure Done?
Getting dental bridges will take at least two dental visits. Generally, the first visit will entail taking teeth measurements and making temporary bridges. Your dentist will also need to prepare the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth (called abutment teeth). They will need to be reshaped so that they will fit the dental crowns ,and will act as support for the bridges.
The teeth impressions are sent to a dental lab that will create the dental bridges. Your dentist will also make you a temporary bridge while waiting for the permanent bridges.
On the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed; the new dental bridge is fitted and cemented into the spot of the absent tooth. Follow-up visits may be scheduled to ensure that the bridges stay in place, and are fitted properly.
Adjusting to Dental Bridges
Just like any dental procedure, you should religiously follow proper oral health practices to ensure that your new bridges last long, and prevent any further dental damage on the surrounding healthy teeth.
If you had eating and speaking issues associated with missing teeth, wearing dental bridges can help you resolve them. It may take some time adjusting to eating with dental bridges on, so it is better to eat soft foods first, and cut foods into small pieces.
Speaking will also be a lot easier with dental bridges on since your words are formed properly without lisps or other speech difficulties.
Cost of Dental Bridges
The cost of getting dental bridges varies greatly on the type of material your bridge is made out of, and where the procedure is done. Different places in the country currently have different standard dental care rates, so you should first ask your dentist about his or her rates prior to committing to the procedure. Also, consult your dental insurance provider, so you will know if at least a portion of the procedure fees will be covered.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
The main advantage of getting dental bridges is often a cosmetic one. Dental bridges, if done for missing front teeth, will give back your smile and confidence. There are also other advantages like being able to speak and eat properly. Other well known benefits of having dental bridges include preventing teeth displacement, and fixing issues with your bite.