A stable and effective solution for replacing missing teeth
Dental bridges involve using the teeth next to a gap as support, with a replacement tooth filling the space in between them. There are various types of dental bridgework that can be placed, and we always take the time to discuss with you which would be best for your individual case.
What types of bridge are available?
Resin bonded bridge
A resin bonded bridge is the least destructive of all the designs and involves minimal removal of tooth structure. Resin bonded bridges are not commonly placed at the back because the forces are greater and can risk loosening the bridge. Instead, they tend to be reserved for replacing teeth at the front, either on a temporary basis prior to restoration of implants or on a permanent basis.
Fixed bridges are far more destructive to the teeth but are much more likely to stay in place. To place them, the teeth on either side of the gap need to be fitted with crowns, and have a layer of natural enamel removed to accommodate this. The problem with cutting down the teeth so severely is that this may mean that root canal treatment will be required in these teeth at some stage in the future.
What does the treatment involve?
Initially, we examine your teeth and gums, making sure the teeth that will support the bridge are healthy and strong. If you are having a fixed bridge, we prepare the abutment teeth on either side of the gap for treatment by removing a layer of enamel.
We take impressions of your teeth so your bridge can be custom made in a dental specific laboratory. If necessary, we provide you with a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth between appointments.
When it is ready, we check and adjust your bridge to ensure it fits perfectly before securing it in place. A fixed bridge uses crowns on the supporting teeth, with a natural looking replacement tooth in between, while a resin bonded bridge is bonded to one adjacent tooth and requires no preparation.Contact us for more information
Frequently Asked Questions
The main alternative to a bridge is an implant or partial denture. Implants are seen as superior in strength, aesthetics and stability. Fewer bridges are done in modern dentistry because of the advantages of implants, but in some instances they may be the preferred option.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic material, chosen for their aesthetic qualities and durability. Porcelain bridges are often bonded to a metal base for additional strength. All ceramic bridges are now stronger than ever before and achieve a fantastic cosmetic result.
If it is looked after correctly, including keeping the surrounding teeth and gums healthy and strong, your bridge should last over ten years.
The best way to look after your bridge is to keep up with a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing twice a day and paying attention to keeping the gum and teeth around your bridge clean. At your regular dental examinations, your dentist will be able to keep an eye on your bridge and stop any issues from developing.
Our treatments may be covered by your insurance provider
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