What Is Special About a Temporary Bridge?


A temporary dental bridge protects your teeth and gums while you wait for your new porcelain or metal bridge.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

One of the primary advantages of a temporary dental bridge is the ability to restore your smile. After all, you probably don't want to take photos with a visible gap between your teeth. A bridge will cover the gap, allowing you to grin without anyone knowing you've lost a tooth.

Dental bridges can also improve your ability to speak and chew correctly. A gap between your teeth can make chewing difficult or painful. The gap also makes it simpler for food particles to become caught between the teeth. Allowing food particles to settle offers germs an opportunity to grow. As germs accumulate, it forms plaque, a sticky substance that adheres to your teeth. Plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a competent dentist. Plaque and tartar, if left untreated, can cause gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Getting a temporary dental bridge now can help you avoid these issues in the future. Your dental bridge will also help to distribute forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth. When you leave a gap for too long, your teeth may shift. Allowing your teeth to shift out of position can result in an uncomfortable bite or speech issues. It can also affect the shape of your face.

Replacing a missing tooth or teeth with a bridge as soon as you can can help you retain your optimal oral health.

The Types of Bridges

There are four major types of dental bridges to choose from.

The first is known as a traditional bridge. These bridges require your dentist to build a crown or implant on either side of the missing tooth. The pontic is then inserted in the middle. Traditional bridges are the most popular type of dental bridge. They are made from either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.

These bridges are either permanently installed in your mouth or detachable. Fixed bridges are more common. They are a stronger and more durable solution to replacing your teeth. 

A cantilever bridge requires only one crown for support, and this style of bridge requires a less involved process. It is usually the best alternative for those who do not want to risk hurting their healthy teeth. However, the single crown can be used as a lever in some situations, which may raise your risk of tooth or jaw damage.

Maryland bridges are more conservative and less invasive than the options listed above. A Maryland bridge is supported by porcelain or metal frames. These frameworks attach to the back of your teeth on either side of the gap. These bridges are helpful for preserving healthy teeth. However, they are not always as secure as other options.

The fourth form of dental bridge is the implant-supported bridge. These bridges rely on dental implants for support. The treatment is more invasive and expensive, but the bridges will be secure. 

The Process

The rising prevalence of oral disease is driving the expansion of the dental bridges industry. If you're thinking about getting a temporary dental bridge, you should understand what to expect throughout the surgery.

During your initial appointment, the dentist will prepare your abutment teeth. Preparation entails recontouring the teeth by removing a piece of their enamel. Removing a small piece of enamel allows the crown to be placed over your teeth.

Next, the dentist will take imprints of your teeth. These impressions will be used as a model. The impressions will be used by a dental laboratory to create the bridge, pontic, and crowns. Meanwhile, your dentist will create a temporary bridge to protect your exposed gums and teeth while constructing the main bridge.

During your next appointment, your dentist will remove your temporary bridge. Then they will inspect the new porcelain or metal bridge. They will modify the bridge as needed to provide a proper fit.

Numerous visits may be required to ensure that the metal structure fits properly. During these visits, your dentist will ensure that your bite is even. The best fit is determined by each patient's unique circumstances.

A temporary dental bridge might last for five to 15 years. Some may last longer, depending on your dental hygiene routines. Good dental hygiene and frequent examinations will help your bridges last as long as possible. Speak with your dentist to see if there are any steps you can take to help your bridges last longer.

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