A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and help restore your confidence. They consist of a false tooth positioned between two crowns filling the gap and will slot over the teeth either side of a gap (known as abutment teeth) or alternatively they can be held in place by dental implants. They are usually made from porcelain fused to a metal or ceramic base, to offer a blend of strength and a natural look.

Preparing For A Bridge

This procedure usually requires two visits to the dentist. The first step involves examining and preparing the teeth to support the bridge.

The dentist will use a scanner to scan the prepared teeth which will be used to custom-make a bridge which will fit exactly over the prepared teeth. Depending on the chosen material, a dental bridge can be closely matched in shape and colour to the original teeth, making it seamless.

While the bridge is being made you will be fit a temporary bridge. The second visit involves placement of the permanent bridge. The bridge is checked and adjusted to make sure it fits perfectly, and it is finally fixed in place with strong dental cement.

How do I look after my Bridge?

It is important you clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also must clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to keep your bridge clean and fresh.

If bridges are looked after well, including keeping the surrounding teeth healthy, they can continue to provide a solid foundation for over ten years.

Is Bridge the best option to replace a missing tooth?

There are a few different options for dental bridges, but the most common type involves placing crowns on two or more teeth adjacent to your missing teeth for support. Placing crowns for bridges means removing otherwise healthy tooth structures in order to attach crowns to them.

There are certain situations when the teeth needed to support the bridge might not be strong enough to support a bridge.

Dental implants are however considered the gold standard when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. If more than one teeth are missing, the space can be restored by implant supported bridges. Our dentists will go through all the options with you and suggest the right way to replace missing teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the false tooth is attached to the adjacent teeth and, once placed, will stay in your mouth, unlike a denture.

Whatever type of bridge you have, it is essential you follow a good oral hygiene routine and clean around your bridge by brushing and flossing. You will need to keep regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist. If the bridge is not kept clean, gum disease and decay could develop around the tooth carrying the bridge and eventually failure of the bridge.

When deciding how to fill the space left by a missing tooth or teeth, we need to take into account many factors including the following:

  • The location of the space.
  • The size of the space – the bigger the gap, the more teeth will be needed to be carried by a bridge (implants or dentures are usually advised in larger spaces).
  • The general condition of your teeth including those next to the space.
  • Your own concerns and desires

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