Below is a list of the most common dental emergencies we treat:
A dental emergency is an urgent dental problem, usually associated with the teeth and jaws, which may have symptoms that require immediate attention by a dentist. For example, a severe dental infection, a visible swelling, or a recent dental trauma are all considered emergency problems that require prompt, professional attention.
Bridge the gaps created by missing teet.
Our teeth perform the function of chewing foods and supporting the jaw to perform normal oral functions. If your teeth have a gap due to a few missing teeth, your oral functions can be hampered. To rectify this, you need dental bridges.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a form of restorative dentistry in which a false tooth crown is created to fill the gap of a missing tooth by resting the crown on the adjoining anchored teeth. These anchoring teeth are referred to as the abutment and the false tooth replacing the missing tooth is known as the pontic. Dental bridges are made from different material such as alloys, gold or porcelain based on patient preference.
What is Involved in the Process?
Here is a step by step process of getting dental bridges:
- The abutment is prepared for the crown by removing a part of their enamel.
- Teeth impressions are taken to use as a molds for the preparation of the bridge and pontics.
- A temporary bridge is fixed on the gap to protect the exposed gum until the bridge is ready.
- The temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is checked for size.
- If the fit is proper, the bridge is temporarily fixed with cement to test it and then fixed permanently after a couple of weeks after ensuring no discomfort.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are multiple options to fill the gap of a missing tooth. However, dental bridges have the following benefits.
- Revives oral functions of chewing food and talking properly.
- Completes your smiles.
- Reshapes your face.
- Helps to regain bite force.
- Prevents misalignment of teeth due to gaps.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges:
- Cantilever Bridge - This type of bridge is used when there is an abutment only on one side of the gap. This type of bridge is not so popular and not commonly used.
- Traditional Bridge - Traditional bridges are the most common types of bridges made of porcelain and metal. These involve crowning of the abutment teeth and using a pontic to fill the gap.
- Maryland Bridge - A Maryland bridge has a pontic in a metal or porcelain frame. This bridge is attached to the back of your abutment teeth and not on the crowns. This type of bridge does not require the shaping and filing of the abutment teeth.