All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth-loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Losing a back tooth in particular can shift the appearance of your entirely facial structure. Your mouth may sink inward without their sturdy support at the back of the jaw, resulting in an older and less healthy-looking face. Meanwhile, your gums can no longer rely upon the sturdy teeth designed to prevent unusual stresses upon gums and other oral tissues.
A bridge will not only replace the support of the lost teeth with an equal, adequate substitute support structure, but it can also defend against the increased risk of gum disease and onset of speech disorders than can follow tooth-loss.
Bridges can be made as a:
(a) FIXED BRIDGE that is bonded directly to the teeth beside the space. The false tooth (pontic) replaces the missing tooth and the crowns that are attaced to the pontic to form the bridge are cemented onto the natural teeth (abutment teeth).
(b) REMOVABLE BRIDGE that attach with metal clasps or precision attachments to the adjacent teeth.
Either option serves the necessary purpose of restoring the natural mechanics of chewing, biting and speaking while also reviving confidence in your appearance.
Expert crafters fabricate bridges from a combination of porcelain bonded with quality gold and other non-precious alloys. During the first of the two or three appointments Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar and Dr. Sunil Vick Soordhar will require to attach your devices, we begin the attachment process by removing some enamel and dentin from the abutment teeth at the gap’s sides.
Next, we will take custom impressions of the teeth to provide a lab with a reference for fabricating a bridge whose fit ensures a precisely correct bite with as identical a match as possible to the missing tooth.
If your fitting is for a fixed bridge, the final steps involve cementing the pontic (false tooth) directly and securely to the neighbouring abutment teeth with additional support from cemented crowns on remaining natural teeth.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance, as the bridge relies on the neighbouring teeth for support.
A Maryland Bridge can be used when there is a missing tooth in the front area of the mouth and the teeth beside the space have no fillings on them. The Maryland Bridge allows the maintenance of tooth structure so the teeth do not need to be cut.
A Maryland bridge can be used for a long term temporary to maintain the space so teeth do not shift so a dental implant can heal.