Is A Dental Bridge Permanent?

Dental BridgeA dental bridge is a procedure that is used when there are missing teeth in the mouth. It is used to connect the area between the teeth with an artificial tooth. It is used to help you chew your food without any discomfort.  The bridge also keeps your teeth from shifting and creating other problems. The only drawback is that they do not last a lifetime, but with good oral hygiene and care it can last up to 15 years, on average.

How is it placed?

The procedure usually takes at least two appointments. In the first appointment, the dentist first numbs the affected area and then shapes the two teeth next to the gap in required shapes. Then the dentist would measure your jaw by taking an impression of your teeth, but before that, they will remove any tooth decay and shape the teeth that will support the bridge.

It takes two or more appointments because the crown is custom made for you in a dental laboratory. The lab uses the impression taken earlier of the teeth to make a model of your mouth.  While the new bridge is being made a temporary one is placed in its place.

When the crown is made, the dentist starts a series of steps that ensure the crown is a perfect fit for you. They check for the fit and your bite. When everything looks like it is in its place the bridge is bonded or cemented into place.

Other Benefits

The crowns placed on the teeth can act as anchors for damaged or decayed teeth. Whenever you need to replace your tooth a functional three-unit bridge is a great and good-looking way to practically solve the problem.

The bridges can be fixed on your teeth or an implant that has been placed into your mouth. Other than cosmetic advantages bridges are great for assisting in chewing and helping you speak properly. Empty gaps in your mouth can lead the teeth in your mouth to shift. This shift can cause misalignment that affects your bite. This misalignment can result in problems with your jaw joint.

The dental bridge can be made of porcelain or gold. They can last for decades but after a while due to wear and tear they may need repairs or replacement. Here are the different problems that may arise after a while:

  1. Due to lack of proper oral care bacteria can enter the bridge through the crown and cause decay – which can lead to a dental fracture.
  2. Another problem that can occur is when the bridge itself collapses. This happens when the underlying bridge breaks or the coating or pontic fractures.

When to look for repairs?

Dental bridges can last from 5 to 35 years based on the oral care performed. Just because abutment teeth aren't adequately visible to us – it is very difficult whether there is any tooth decay or not. But if there you feel your teeth are becoming too sensitive to hot and cold food and drink items, there may be something wrong with them. Go see a dentist immediately as it may also be a sign that your dental bridge needs repairs.

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