Before you go to your dentist and demand that he rectify your teething problems you might want to know a few handy facts about dental bridges. At the very least knowing that there are different types such as spring cantilever bridges, which are normally used to replace incisors, posterior bridges for the back teeth and bonded bridges, where it is affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap, will be enough knowledges to impress your dentist if nothing else!
The process of getting a dental bridge
With the process of having a dental bridge made just right for you being relatively simple and similar to that of having a crown (a single tooth replacement), there’s no reason to suffer with missing teeth. Over a series of two visits you’ll go through the process of having your “bite taken” with a wax mould to find your occlusion (how your teeth actually function together to bite) and be colour matched for your dental bridge that should hopefully be ready at your dentist in about two weeks.
On visit two you’ll be happy to know that you will walk out gleaming from ear to ear ( no gaps this time, you see!) Hopefully it will be a long time before you have to see an oral health practitioner again as the simple bonding of your bridge using a form of polycarbonate or ultra-violet bonding is almost as strong as your own teeth. This visit will hopefully be over within the hour.
Problems that you could get with bridges
A well constructed bridge that gets the bite right first time will make both the dentist’s and your life that much easier. It’s not unknown for a bridge to not match up with a dentist’s expectations of being just right and if that’s the case it has to be sent back to the dental technician to perfect it. Which unfortunately will mean another visit for you-but you do of course want the best for your mouth.
Looking after your bridge
The Forth Bridge in Scotland needs a team of hundreds to paint it with a very special weather resistant paint that it might best survive through the years. Luckily your own bridge is very low maintenance. If you treat your bridge just as well as your original teeth you won’t have any problems. It can be brushed and maintained without any special consideration taken. A few patients report that there might be some slight sensitivity, in which case a toothpaste for sensitive mouths can be used.