Cosmetic Dentistry Restores Good Looks and Confidence
Dental bridges or crowns are a major part of cosmetic dentistryprocedure. This
procedure involves capping or covering of the tooth so as to bring it back to
its original shape, strength, appearance and size.
These crowns can be made from metal, porcelain attached on metal, tooth colored
materials etc. Prosthetic crowns are useful when the tooth is damaged and can’t
be restored by filling alone. A crown can hold the damaged or broken teeth in
its place so that further damage is prevented. Some other situations where
dental bridges can help are large fillings without sufficient tooth to hold it
in place, prevention of further fracture of already weakened teeth,
reconstruction of damaged teeth, camouflaging of crooked/stained teeth,
protection of brittle teeth filled with root canal etc.
How Does The Dentist Set A Dental Bridge In Place?
The tooth and surrounding area is numbed by the use of a local anesthetic and
then the tooth is cleaned up of brittle or decayed areas. The remainder of the
teeth will be prepared so that the crown will fit comfortably on it. Some times
a “build up” is undertaken so as to create a proper foundation for the crown.
This is achieved by the use of a composite material on the tooth. Later an
impression of the reshaped teeth and surrounding gums is taken and sent to the
lab where the crown will be created. In your next dentist appointment, this
newly created crown will be attached to the tooth. Small adjustments are
necessary to achieve the proper fit of the crown so that the teeth will be
aligned perfectly for a sound bite. Once the crown is fitting perfectly, it will
be permanently attached on to the tooth.
Are The Bridges Going To Look Natural?
Your dentist will be trying his level best to provide you with bridges that look
the closest to your natural teeth. Your dentists gets the impression of your
teeth as well as other related properties like its color, shape, length, bite
etc and get the best possible bridges for you. You can convey any specific
requirements you wish to have to your dentist and he can design the bridges so
as to satisfy you with great looking and strong teeth.
What Is The Difference Between A Dental Cap And A Dental Crown?
A dental cap and a dental crown are both different names for the same thing.
How Long Can Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are known to last from five to eight years. If you stick to a
rigorous oral cleanup regimen, they are going to last many more years. Bad
habits like teeth grinding, fingernail biting, chewing ice etc can adversely
affect the durability of the crowns.
How Do I Take Good Care Of Dental Crowns?
Avoid biting or chewing hard food products, ice etc so as to safeguard your
crowns from damages. Try to avoid teeth grinding as much as possible. Brushing
and flossing properly along with timely dentist appointments can help you in
having long lasting crowns. Any plaque build up on the crown should be removed
with the use of inter-dental cleaners or flossing. Plaque build up can cause gum
problems or teeth decay. In case you avoid dentist appointments or do not stick
to dental hygiene practices, teeth problems may become worse and cause the crown
to break up.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used to fill up the space left at any missing tooth. These
are set in place in to the empty space supported by the neighboring teeth. Only
the dentist can set this in place and the patient cannot remove it temporarily
like partial dentures.
A typical dental bridge has three parts consisting of a false tooth and two
crowns. The crowns are glued on to the neighboring teeth so as to hold it in
What Type Of Patients Can Get A Bridge?
Dental bridges are suitable for people with missing teeth and willingness to
follow a good oral hygiene regimen. Bridge is the best remedy for people to
cover up the space left out due to tooth loss. If this space is left empty, the
neighboring teeth are prone to move in to that spot. This can eventually cause
worsening of teeth decay or gum problems in this region. The varied positive
benefits of dental bridges include aligning the proper bite, improve speech,
improve chewing ability, provide better facial appearance, delay signs of aging
(like wrinkles) etc.
What Are The Different Types Of Bridges Available?
Resin bonded bridges (also known as Mary land bridges) are used mostly for front
teeth. These bridges work the best when the neighboring teeth are comparatively
healthier without much filling. The false teeth is fixed on to metal bands and
are set on to the neighboring teeth with the help of resin cement and
camouflaged from view. In this method, the neighboring teeth need not be scraped
and finished much to make it ready for the procedure.
In cases where there are no teeth on one side of the missing tooth, a cantilever
bridge can be used so as to set it in space on to one or more of the existing
neighboring teeth. If there are no neighboring teeth at all, a metal post can be
embedded surgically on to the bone and then a crown can be set on to it. In
certain situations, if the span is longer, a removable partial denture or an
implant-based prosthesis can be used.
What Are The Steps Involved In A Dental Bridge Fabrication?
In case of a standard fixed bridge, the dentist is going to resize the
neighboring teeth so that it can anchor the false tooth in place. From the tooth
impressions measured, he will create the false tooth and its support framework.
The finished bridge will be set in place during the second appointment. Usually
the procedure takes around a week’s time based on the nature of the bridge
chosen. This estimated time frame can be delayed in certain people due to the
difficulty in matching the exact tooth shade.
How Do I Take Good Care Of Dental Bridges?
A good oral hygiene routine involving regular brushing, flossing and dentist
appointments is very important for safekeeping of bridges. If food particles are
left on the teeth, they may cause bacterial activity that can lead to tooth
decay, gum problems or even damage to the dental bridge. Floss threaders are the
best tool to get rid of bacteria hiding around the teeth, gum and crown. The
metallic or porcelain part of the crown is not going to be affected by tooth
decay. But the natural tooth on the bottom can be affected. If you stick to a
strict dental care regimen, your dental bridge is going to last for a lot of
Additional Suggestions And Preventive Measures
Adjustment period: You may feel a bit awkward about the bridge during the
initial few days. This will only last until the bridge and teeth familiarize
about each other and the change in surroundings.
Preventive Methods: If you stick to the following instructions, you can assure
that the bridge is going to last a long time without any tooth decay or similar
Make sure that you regularly brush your teeth after every meal and before
hitting bed. Use a soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and clean the area
where the bridge meets the gum. As this area is the favorite of germs to hide,
it would be better to use an electric brush to clean the area properly.
Make a habit of flossing at least once and preferably twice a day. Remove any
plaque build up around the bridge using a floss threader or a proxy brush or an
automatic flosser. It is really important to clean the bottom of the bridge and
the sides too. If you do not keep the food particle accumulation or plaque build
up, you may face problems like tooth-decay or gum problems.
Always fluoride rinse before you sleep. Thoroughly rinse your mouth for at least
a minute of time. Spit the rinse out and do not consume any food for the next
half an hour.
Clean thoroughly between the teeth with the help of an inter-dental brush.
Chewing: Avoid biting on to hard food products for the first 24 hours after
getting the bridge set in place. This is the time the cement needs to set
Reduce junk food. If you consume sugary drinks, brush thoroughly and rinse away
Sensitivity: You may feel overly sensitive to hot or cold food items for a few
weeks. Except for a few people who may take up more than six weeks for this to
go away, the rest will lose this sensitivity in a few weeks time.
Aftercare: Lack of proper follow up care and examination from your Cosmetic Dentist is the most common
reason for the failure of dental bridges. Make sure your dentist examines you
once in every six months. An expert dentist will be able to notice any or all
new infections breeding on or near the bridges and take corrective measures in
time and for a much reduced cost. In case you notice the problem too late, you
may be forced to redo the whole exercise at a much higher cost.
Problems: You may face these problems. The restored teeth may be hitting first
whenever you bite. This needs realignment by your dentist. You may feel overly
sensitive to sweet items or application of pressure, your may feel that the
bridge is moving a little bit, you may find a different taste at the bridge area
and a part of the bridge can fall off. If any of these conditions arise, check
immediately with your dentist for clarifications.
Preventive Dentistry is one of the best forms of oral and dental hygiene.
It helps you to get that all important smile back on your face through