Bridge treatment is a long-term method of replacing missing teeth. Bridges are used to replace teeth that have had to be removed for some unavoidable reason.  In those cases where a tooth that has been previously removed and needs to be replaced, the commonest, quickest, cost effective and a very efficient option is that of a Bridge.

In the making of a Bridge the adjacent teeth are used as supports. Just as the name suggests these adjacent teeth allow us to Bridge the gap between them by replacing the missing tooth. This is a fixed structure and does not need to be removed on a daily basis for cleaning.



It matches the natural teeth so well both in looks and in function that it becomes a part of the mouth in totality. A Bridge is so comfortable that after a while the person forgets that he has a replaced tooth in his mouth. This is the best testimonial that can be given by any patient...

Why Replace Missing Teeth? 
Losing a tooth can be of social and psychological concern. Teeth are lost for a number of reasons including:
Dental decay
Periodontal (gum) disease
Trauma (injury or accident)

When a permanent tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth are affected. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth will begin to shift. The tooth above or below the one that was lost will begin to move up and out of its socket. This accelerates periodontal (gum) disease and causes further breakdown in the dental arch. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth will eventually be lost, due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.     
                                                                                                                                

Procedure for Dental Bridge
The first step is to prepare the abutment teeth. In this process teeth are recontoured by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of teeth are made. With these impressions a model is made from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be developed in a dental laboratory. Your dentist will supply you with a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth while your bridge is being made. During the next visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge will be fitted after through check and proper adjustment. Number of visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite depending on case- to case basis.

Other factors we consider include:
Esthetics - color match and appearance
Function - chewing and biting accuracy
Tissue compatibility- the contour of the prosthesis must allow the surrounding tissue to conform to a natural, healthy position.
Cost factors – Full metal crown is cheaper while all-ceramic is most costly
Skill of dentist – Preparation of tooth for PFM and all-ceramic crown is highly precise work. The skill of dentist definitely impact on durability, cosmetic appearance of crown and health of adjacent tooth and gums.

Replacing Missing Teeth:
(1)            Helps restore and maintain the natural bite
(2)            Prevents unnatural stress on other teeth
(3)            Helps keep opposing teeth in their proper place
(4)            Prevents shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth
(5)            Helps prevent further dental decay and periodontal (gum) disease
(6)            Maximizes your smile, speech and chewing function


Types of Bridges:

There are three types of dental crowns. Full metal, Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) and all-ceramic.

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 (1)   MetalFree All-Ceramic or All-Porcelain

 (2)   Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) 

 (3)   Full Metal