At Smile Up Dental Clinic, Yangon, Myanmar, Dental bridge can immediately improve your quality of life and this will prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. Dental bridge can replace one to three consecutive teeth in a single treatment. Both traditional and implant retained bridges improve daily function.
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A dental bridge will span the area where teeth are missing. They are attached to the natural teeth or implants that surround this space. The natural teeth or implants which support the bridge are called abutments. Depending on the type of bridge, natural abutment teeth may be reduced in size to accommodate the bridge to fit over them. An impression will be taken of the abutment tooth or implant and space to provide a mould to create the bridge. Using this, the bridge is then fabricated in a dental laboratory. With digital scanning, physical moulds are unnecessary. Instead, digital files, which are 3D models, generated from the scans are sent electronically to the lab which can use computer aided design software (CAD) for designing the bridges.
Types of bridges according to durability
Bridges can either be provisional (temporary / interim) or permanent. The provisional bridge is a transitional restoration that protects the teeth that are weakened by the preparation, and stabilizes the dental tissues till the fabrication of the final restoration, moreover, it can pave the way to the esthetics of the future permanent restoration and its appearance, which can help the patient accept the final profile. Provisional restorations are designed to be used for a few weeks to months, they can be fabricated directly (by chair side), or indirectly ( in the dental laboratory). It is usually tried in a few times to check if it fits properly and if its margins are well adapting on the teeth surface and gingiva, it may need relining or a few adjustments. Provisional bridges can either be made of acrylic resins or metal.