Affordable bridge treatment is the optimal way to replace a missing tooth – or teeth. Here’s how it works and what the treatment involves.
There’s every chance that a number of your friends and family have had bridgework carried out, as it’s a very common form of dental intervention. But unless they’ve told you about it, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll spot the crown.
But first of all – what is a crown? Well, very simply, it’s a very common form of restoration work that your dentist will use to replace a missing tooth.
As to how it works, it’s a relatively simple process which involves attaching a fabricated tooth to tooth beside it – or perhaps to a dental implant.
Easy to fit
The bridge is not actually made by your dentist. He engages the services of a dental technician to manufacture it in a laboratory – but your dentist will then fit it himself.
It’s a very common, very simple and very painless procedure, and is an excellent remedy for all those difficulties that arise when you’ve lost a tooth – from difficulty chewing or biting and even to talking normally, in certain cases.
So if you’re experiencing any of these difficulties due to a missing tooth, there’s no need to put up with it any more. Contact your MyDental dentist and you can be back to normal in no time at all.
How does a bridge work in practice?
Fitting a crown is like a minor engineering project within your mouth – but much quicker, of course. The teeth to either side of the missing tooth are called ‘abutment teeth’, while the replacement tooth is known as a pontic. Pons is the Latin for bridge, so you can see how the name came about.
How your dentist makes use of bridge technology
Dental bridges are a very important part of your dentist’s armoury, and they can deliver a number of key benefits, other than just the cosmetic benefits of having your smile restored.
A missing tooth or teeth can lead to a hollow-cheeked look, which can have a premature ageing effect that’s not particularly welcome.
And if you leave a gap in your teeth, it can also allow other teeth to move out of place, which can bring with it a separate set of problems in the future.
But top of the list of benefits, as we mentioned earlier, is that you can chew, eat and speak completely normally, without any worries about your bridge moving or falling out.
Is there a choice of dental bridges?
Depending on your particular symptoms or profile, your dentist is most likely to recommend one of the following three types of dental bridges:
• Traditional. The traditional bridge is the one you’re most likely to see your dentist recommends. As a general rule, it’s made from ceramics, but in certain cases, it can be made from porcelain, fused to metal. To facilitate the traditional bridge, your dentist has to make a dental crown for the teeth on either side of the gap, to allow for a lasting bridging process.
• Cantilever. The cantilever bridge is another fairly common solution that your dentist may call on to remedy that missing tooth.
• Maryland. Going back to our earlier engineering analogy, the Maryland bridge is one that’s made from a sort of scaffolding structure, allowing for the pontic tooth to be fixed to the abutment teeth.
Spread the cost over a number of months
You can rightfully expect your dental bridge to last for years – and even decades. How long you’ll get from them depends on two things – regular dental checkups and cleaning by your dentist, plus a regular and consistent oral hygiene regime.
A dental bridge is very definitely an investment in yourself, and you can spread the cost of this investment over a number of months by availing of MyDental’s 0% Dental Finance plan.
Why not give us a call to arrange a consultation and to find out how low your monthly payments can be.