If you don’t want to go the way of replacing every tooth of your teeth with a new one, one option you can look at is covering up the gap left by the missing teeth. Dentists have an apparatus designed for this purpose. It is called the Dental Bridge. This apparatus is designed in such a way that it connects to the teeth at both ends of the gap with the aid of a crown; this way it covers up the gap and gives an impression of complete teeth.
Beyond regaining your confidence smiling and eating in public, there are many benefits, filling the gaps in your teeth with a tooth bridge offers. Easily bacteria from food particles that escape your brush bristles can attack your bare gum at these gaps; filling the gap up covers the gum and prevents them from attack; another thing that filling the gaps of your teeth help you prevent is the shifting of other teeth; as mastication takes place, the tooth that forms the boundary of the gap tend to shift or bend as a result of pressure; filling the gaps up help brace the tooth and distributes the pressure from mastication around the tooth on the whole arch. .
The process of fixing a dental bridge in there may be long as it would take several surgical sessions to cover up multiple gaps in the teeth. Usually, dentists cover a gap at a time and wait for it to fuse well with other teeth before moving on to the next. Like other surgical procedures, a sedative is used on the gum to make it insensitive and numb so that no pain is felt by the patient in the process of reshaping the teeth to fit snugly with the crown that would hold the dental bridge.
For the dental bridge to fit in well into the gap, it should take the exact shape of the missing teeth. to this end, it essential that the dentist takes a cast of the shape formed by the gap and other teeth around the arc, the cast serves as a template for the lab to produce a dental bridge that exactly fits into the gap and rhymes with the teeth arrangement around the arc. However, while the dental bridge is processed at the laboratory, the dentist would give you a temporary one that equally covers the gap.
The different types of dental bridges
Dental bridges come in different forms, there is the common one you would find with almost every dick, tom and harry using a dental bridge; fixing it into the gap is done exactly how I have described it earlier in this write-up.
Next is the cantilever bridge. For patients who do not want the structure of their tooth altered, this is one type of bridge they can opt for. Usually, they come with a single crown to hold them in place. However, they have their downsides; the first is that you may not be able to use them to fill gaps close to the molars; the reason is simple; molars take a lot of pressure when masticating; many of these bridges cannot withstand the pressure and therefore can easily fall-out or collapse when chewing.
If you have lost just a single or few tooth, this type of dental bridge best covers the gap; it won’t require so much adjustment to the surrounding teeth; all that is needed is an attachment of two small wings to the teeth at both ends; a snug bond strong enough to hold the bridge in place is etched between both teeth.
Some other bridges are removable; patients with multiple oral health issues opt for this so that they can easily take them off each time other tooth complications is to be treated by a dentist.
If you want a more permanent and lasting dental bridge, the implant bridge is your best bet; it comes with an abutment piece; this piece made of titanium is screwed to your jawbone; the advantage they have is that they can secure a fabricated new tooth firmly. However, there are restrictions to the use of this type of dental bridges, only patients who have been passed fit based on certain conditions can use them.