What is a bridge?
Bridges are used to place artificial teeth where there is one or more missing teeth, though natural teeth remain at either side of the gap. Bridges are fixed in place, joined to the remaining teeth which act as anchors for the bridge. When the adjacent teeth are healthy, the bridge can be connected to the surface of these teeth or to crowns if the adjacent teeth are compromised. Bridges are generally made from porcelain fused to metal or with a zirconia framework on to which porcelain is fused, though this is dependant on where in the mouth you will need the bridge.
What is involved during the procedure?
During your consultation, you will be able to talk through any questions and anxieties you have about treatment with your dentist.
Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. A soft, flexible material is used for this and our dental technicians will use the models to make plaster mock-ups of your upper and lower teeth and gums. This will show how your teeth bite together, and aid in the design of the new bridge.
A second impression of your teeth (and any gaps) will be taken and the dental technician will use this to create a mould to make the bridge. You may be fitted with a plastic temporary bridge or crown. During your final visit we will check that your new bridge fits correctly and make any minor adjustments. Once everything is in order, your bridge will be permanently fixed in place.
How to maintain my bridge
Bridges will normally last many years if properly looked after. In order to keep your bridge in good condition, you will need to maintain good oral hygiene – you can ask your dentist about this.
Summary of the benefits:
- Aesthetics – dental bridges will make it look as if you have natural teeth – no one will know it has been fitted.
- Fixed solution – you don’t need to worry about teeth falling out, as can occasionally happen with dentures, making social situations easier.
- Less invasive procedure than implants.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with me here at 03 Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.