Connects missing teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth, called pontics, anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges restore dental aesthetics, improve bite function, and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. The two main types are traditional bridges, anchored by adjacent teeth, and implant-supported bridges, attached to dental implants. Proper oral hygiene, including cleaning under the bridge, is essential for maintaining oral health and ensuring the longevity of the dental bridge. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring its condition and addressing any issues promptly.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device, while dentures are removable.
Bridges replace missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or implants, providing a permanent solution. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable appliances that replace a full set of teeth or a section. Bridges offer stability and comfort without the need for daily removal, making them a long-term solution. Dentures are taken out for cleaning and sleeping, offering flexibility but requiring regular maintenance. Both options have distinct advantages, and the choice depends on individual needs, oral health, and preferences.
Dental bridges can last 10-15 years or more with proper care and regular check-ups for maintenance.
Durability depends on factors like oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and individual wear patterns. Proper care, including regular cleaning and avoiding excessive force on the bridge, can extend its longevity. Over time, wear and tear may necessitate adjustments or replacement. Maintaining good oral health and addressing any issues promptly through dental consultations contribute to the extended durability of dental bridges. Regular check-ups help monitor the condition of the bridge and ensure optimal function.
Dental bridges are suitable for individuals with one or more missing teeth who have healthy adjacent teeth or dental implants available for support.
Ideal candidates exhibit stable oral health without significant issues like extensive decay or gum disease. Commitment to proper oral hygiene is crucial for the success and longevity of the dental bridge. Candidates should also have realistic expectations regarding the appearance and functionality of the bridge. Dental professionals assess individual cases to determine suitability based on factors such as overall health, oral condition, and the desired outcome.
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