What is Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a treatment option for replacement of one or more missing teeth. This is recommended when due to some reasons such as systemic problems or non-availability of bone Implant treatment is not possible. The healthy adjacent teeth, called abutments, provide support on either side – just like a bridge over a river adjacent teeth provide the pillar support at both ends of missing tooth.
Basically, bridge is joint caps or crowns which are supported by teeth neighbouring to the missing tooth.
In order for the abutment teeth to provide this crucial support, they must be prepared to receive a cap or crown. First, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing their enamel and creating enough space for the crowns to fit over them and completely cover them. The crowns on the abutment teeth will be attached to the pontic in between. The pontic is really just another crown; the difference is that it has no tooth underneath.
How is dental bridgework done?
If you have one missing tooth, your bridgework will require two crowns and a pontic. The crowns will cover abutment teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing tooth. These two crowned abutment teeth will then become supports for the pontic placed in between them, filling the empty space. This arrangement is known as a three-unit bridge.
If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth. More abutment teeth may also be needed to support the long bridge. Our WCI expert dentists will consider the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as the location of the missing teeth to determine the best type of bridge to create. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Understanding how to replace teeth requires an understanding of the biology of the gums and bone tissue as well as how to engineer and design a bridge.
How much time will it take?
Getting bridgework usually takes two to three visits to the dentist. During your first visit, we will prepare your abutment teeth, using local anaesthesia to minimize any discomfort from drilling. We will then take a mould of your prepared teeth using a putty-like impression material which records the details very precisely helping in the good fitting of the bridge. The 3D models of your teeth will be sent to the dental laboratory technicians or engineers who will make your bridge as per scientific method and requirement in your case bespoke. We will give you a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime till final bridge arrives.
At your next visit, we may be ready to cement your permanent bridge in place. A brief transition period may follow as you become accustomed to the feel of the new bridge against your lips, tongue, and cheeks.
Crowns and bridgework require the same home care as all your other teeth. Be sure to brush and floss all of your teeth – natural and replacement – every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. When you have a bridge, it’s even more important to keep your appointments for cleanings at the dental office. A well-maintained bridge can last for a long time.
Sometimes we may suggest prophylactic root canal treatment for the supporting abutment teeth if the nerve of the tooth is close to surface and chances of hypersensitivity or pain are anticipated after grinding the abutments to receive a bridge.
In front teeth for selective cases we can use Maryland Bridge which is used to replace front teeth without grinding the adjacent teeth, however as compared to conventional bridges, Maryland have less strength.
Charges / Cost for dental bridge treatment?
Charges depend upon the type of caps that we choose for replacing the missing tooth.At WCI Dental Care we give a vast option of 8 different types of caps right from basic metal caps to high tech and Branded 3M LAVA caps or crowns which come with a 15-year replacement warranty, valid all over India.
For more info about dental bridges costing please check our pricing table.