Dental bridges

Both crown and most of the dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unusual to the appliances like the dentures that can be taken out and cleaned on a daily basis, the crowns and bridges are fixed by way of cementing on the existing teeth or implants that can be removed only by a dentist.

 

How does the dental bridge work?

A bridge is recommended in case you have any missing teeth. Gaps can cause the rest of the teeth to shift or rotate in the empty space resulting in a bad bite. This imbalance can result in gum diseases or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

 

Dental bridges are used to replace the missing teeth, especially if its more than one. They simply cover the gap between the for the missing teeth. These bridges are cemented onto the implanted teeth or natural teeth which are near the empty spaces. These teeth are named as abutments, and for bridges they serve as anchors. A replacement tooth, also called ass pontic, is attached to the crown which covers the abutments. You can select the material that will be used for the bridge.

 

The dentist will guide you with the options of the material and their associated pros and cons. The material is selected depending on which teeth you are replacing, its place, function and the aesthetic considerations along with the cost. Bridges made of porcelain or ceramic can be as the color of your natural teeth.

 

How are the bridges made?

Even before the dental bridges can be made the tooth or the teeth have to be reduced in size so that the bridge fills it over adequately. After the reduction process, the dentist takes the impression to get an exact mold for the dental bridge to fit in. If ceramic or porcelain is used, the dentist will ascertain the exact shade of the dental bridge matching your existing teeth.

 

With the help of this impression the dental lab then makes the dental bridge in the material that has been selected by you as per the specifications of the dentist. A temporary bridge is prepared to put in place to be covered while the permanent dental bridge is being made. As the permanent bridge is prepared, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new permanent bridge is cemented over the prepared tooth or teeth.

 

How long do dental bridges last?

The bridges usually last a lifetime, in very rare cases do they fall out or get loose. To assure the longevity of the dental bridge the most suggested by a Norwegian dentist practice (Tannlege Bergen) is to maintain good oral hygiene. The gums should be kept healthy, and teeth need to be kept healthy by brushing them regularly twice a day and flossing them daily. Also regular visit with the dentist or professional cleaning service provider for check-ups. With a new dental bridge chewing of hard foods, ice or delightful foods should be avoided.

 

Thus dental bridge helps to hold teeth in place and make the daily activities like eating and talking quite comfortable.

 

Many people go to the dentist because they need orthodontic treatment to correct problems of malocclusion and tooth malposition. Thanks to this set of techniques, the mouth recovers its functionality, and at the same time, an aesthetic improvement is achieved both in the mouth and in the face, which increases the quality of life of the patient. Although orthodontics can be worn from very early childhood, in recent years there has been an increase in adult demand, reaching almost 50% of patients at present.

Types of orthodontics

The orthodontic treatment can be carried out with removable or fixed devices. Removable appliances are those that can be removed at any time. When the children are placed in the growth phase, the objective is to modify the bone bases to correct the oododonetary discrepancies in time. On the other hand, in adults, it can only be performed with invisible orthodontics, which allows the modification of simple dental malpositions. Invisible orthodontics consist of transparent and aesthetic splints or plates that exert pressure on the teeth, causing them to rotate or move to improve occlusion.

On the other hand, the fixed devices are adhered to the surface of the teeth with resin and are stretched between them through a metal arch. This hoop applies a force that moves the teeth very precisely so that they are placed correctly. Within this typology, two techniques are distinguished: conventional and self-ligating methods.

The conventional technique can use metallic brackets or aesthetic brackets, which can be ceramic, fiberglass or sapphire. The latter are the most resistant and the most aesthetic since they are entirely transparent and adapt perfectly to the pained tone of each patient’s tooth.

Orthodontics with self-ligating brackets

Within this type of device, the most innovative technology is the Damon System, which achieves a broad and natural smile without the need to extract teeth or use palatine circuit breakers to have the necessary space.

The Damon System combines three essential elements:

  • Brackets without ligatures
  • Lightweight wires of the latest generation and with memory
  • A new approach to correct teeth more quickly and effectively and without complications

While conventional appliances have elastomeric ligatures, Damon devices work with a door mechanism that holds the arch, so that the teeth can move more quickly and comfortably and more freely. So, the Damon system is discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Also, the patient also has the option of using transparent Damon devices in case their image concerns them.