What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge keeps your other teeth in place and makes everyday activities, such as eating and speaking, easier. The dental bridge not only stabilizes your teeth, but it can also prevent further tooth loss. A lost tooth can cause the remaining teeth to loosen and even lead to further tooth loss. The dental bridge can work preventively against this.
Smilist dental office in Berlin offers a range of dental bridges, from low-cost options to state-of-the-art bridges. Your dentist will recommend the best bridge options for you, and the team will guide you every step of the way.
Why do I need a bridge?
A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are there to work together. Teeth in the opposing jaw may also shift up or down. This can affect your bite and put more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain. Teeth that are tilted can also be more difficult to clean. This puts them at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. A missing tooth can also lead to bone loss in the worst cases. Over time, this can make your face look older.
How is a tooth replaced?
Placing a bridge usually requires more than one dental visit. During the first visit, your dentist will first take an impression or picture of your teeth and the dental space. This is then sent to a dental lab. Technicians at the lab will then fabricate the bridge. Your dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth. When the bridge is ready, the dentist will place and cement the bridge to the prepared teeth. This type of bridge is permanent and cannot be removed from your mouth without the help of a dentist.
What materials are used in a bridge?
Bridges are made of metal, ceramic (porcelain) or a combination of both. Ceramic bridges are often bonded to a metal alloy. Your dentist will talk to you about the materials that are best for you and your mouth.
How do I care for my dental bridge(s)?
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss or use another interdental cleaner daily. Brushing and cleaning between teeth helps remove plaque.
- Always brush between the teeth and under the bridge. There are many types of interdental brushes, picks or small brushes - ask your dentist which brush is best for your bridge.
- Visit your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings.
- Look for oral care products that have the ADA seal. Products that carry the seal meet the American Dental Association's standards for safety and effectiveness.
What risks can there be when using bridges?
As a rule, the risks associated with the use of a dental prosthesis are very low. The patient needs time after treatment to get used to the bridge. There may be temperature sensitivity of the teeth, changes in chewing and pain in the treatment area.
How much can a bridge cost?
Since each dental bridge is made individually, it must be carefully planned. The costs for a bridge therefore vary. After a discussion and preparation of a treatment and cost plan, the patient's own contribution is calculated individually.