Gaps Connected by Porcelain Bridges

Dental Bridges (porcelain bridge) are fixed devices that, quite literally, span the gap that is caused when one or more teeth are lost. They’re made up of two or more crowns that are attached on either side of a space in the mouth. They are engineered to appear and feel just like your natural teeth, as well as being extremely durable and reliable.

As a result, the bridge restores both the functionality and the aesthetics of the smile. A perfectly natural smile can be achieved by using porcelain bridges, in particular, because they can be made to seem like the patient’s natural teeth.

Weighing the Options:

Dental bridges offer a tempting solution for replacing missing teeth. They restore both aesthetics and functionality, but like any treatment, they come with some considerations. Vilafortuny Dubai helps to explain the advantages and disadvantages to help you make an informed decision.

The Advantages of Dental Bridges:

  • Natural Appearance: Dental bridges are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, creating a realistic and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Improved Function: Missing teeth can make chewing and speaking challenging. Bridges restore these functions, allowing you to eat and communicate with confidence.
  • Prevents Shifting: Gaps left by missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift out of place. Bridges prevent this from happening, maintaining proper tooth alignment.

The Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:

  • Abutment Health: Dental bridges rely on healthy teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) for support. If these teeth are not strong enough or become damaged, the bridge itself can be compromised.
  • Potential for Damage: Abutment teeth can fracture under the pressure of supporting a bridge, especially if they have existing weaknesses.
  • Oral Hygiene Challenges: Maintaining proper hygiene around a bridge requires extra care, as plaque and bacteria can accumulate under the bridge and around the abutment teeth. If not addressed, this can lead to gum disease and cavities.

Considering Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges can be a valuable solution for replacing missing teeth. However, it’s important to weigh the benefits against the potential drawbacks. Discussing your options with a dentist is crucial to determine if a bridge is the right choice for your specific needs and oral health

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    Dental Bridges: Your Guide to a Restored Smile at Vilafortuny Dubai

    How long does it take to recover after a dental bridge procedure?

    Healing times vary, but you can expect one to two weeks for your mouth to adjust to your new bridge. It might take a little longer to feel completely natural.

    How long do dental bridges last?

    With proper care, bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, or even longer! However, they are not permanent and will eventually require replacement due to wear and tear. Vilafortuny Dubai’s dental hygienists can guide you on proper bridge care to maximise its lifespan.

    How do I take care of my dental bridge?

    Caring for your bridge is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily, using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste recommended by our dentists, and cleaning under the bridge with floss threaders or interdental brushes are essential. Avoiding hard or chewy foods, using your teeth for non-chewing purposes, and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings at Vilafortuny Dubai will all contribute to the longevity of your bridge.

    Dental bridges vs. implants: Which is better?

    Dental implants are known for their exceptional durability and ability to preserve jawbone health. Bridges, however, offer a more cost-effective solution. Ultimately, the best choice depends on your individual needs and oral health. Our experienced dentists at Vilafortuny Dubai can assess your situation and recommend the most suitable option for you.

    What's the ideal age for a dental bridge?

    Dentists typically recommend waiting until after the jawbone has fully developed, around 21 years old, before placing bridges. However, there can be exceptions for younger patients who have lost permanent teeth. In such cases, alternative solutions like Maryland bridges and temporary partial dentures might be explored.

    How many teeth can a bridge replace?

    Dental bridges typically replace one to three missing teeth in a row. In some cases, up to four consecutive teeth can be bridged. However, longer bridges require more support from surrounding teeth. Our dentists at Vilafortuny Dubai will consider these factors when creating your personalised treatment plan.

    How long can I wait to get a dental bridge?

    While replacing missing teeth promptly is recommended to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, there might be situations where a few months of waiting are necessary. For instance, if a tooth extraction is required before bridge placement, allowing your gums and jawbone time to heal is crucial for optimal bridge placement. Our team at Vilafortuny Dubai can advise you on the best course of action.

    Is a dental bridge painful?

    The bridge placement procedure itself shouldn’t be painful, as local anaesthesia is used to numb the area. Our dentists at Vilafortuny Dubai prioritize your comfort throughout the process.

    Do bridges feel like real teeth?

    It can take some time to get used to your new dental bridge, but eventually, it should feel similar to your natural teeth.

    Can a dental bridge be removed and re-cemented?

    The ease of removing a bridge depends on its current condition. Loose bridges are generally simpler to remove and recement at Vilafortuny Dubai. However, bridges needing removal for other reasons, like treating gum disease, might break during the process, necessitating a new bridge.

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    Dr Kathrin Trelles, a general dental practitioner and founder of state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny, has been practising in Dubai since 1999 …

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    General Practitioner
    Cosmetic Dentist

    A general practitioner, cosmetic dentist. Member of Association of Implantologists of Ukraine.

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    General dental practitioner

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