To make a strong, natural-looking and long-lasting bridge, the replacement tooth or teeth are anchored to crowns fitted to adjacent teeth on one or both sides of the gap.
There are a number of reasons why a dental bridge may be appropriate to replace missing teeth:
A bridge relies on the support of the tooth or teeth next to the gap. There must be sufficiently strong adjacent teeth with good supporting bone that are strong enough to withstand the extra chewing forces of the bridge.
Your dentist will discuss the options and advise you on the suitability of a bridge, depending on your individual case. Other potential treatments for filling a space include a removable denture or dental implants.
When you come in for your first appointment, your dentist will first shape and adjust the teeth on either side of the space in preparation for dental crowns to fit over them. We’ll then take impressions of your teeth and send them to our technician, who’ll custom-make your bridge. There are several types of bridge, such as all-porcelain, porcelain bonded to precious metal, ceramic and metal alone.
Your dentist will carefully choose the material and colour of your bridge to match your existing teeth. Temporary crowns or a temporary bridge may be fixed to the retaining teeth, until your next appointment. When you come back to the practice, we’ll adjust and fit your bridge into place. The bridge will then be permanently fixed into place cemented to the supporting teeth by the crowns.
Your bridge is designed to last for many years, depending on a number of factors:
Your dentist or hygienist will show you the best way to care for your bridge, since an ordinary toothbrush cannot reach the supporting teeth under the bridge.Back to General Dentistry
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