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Dental Bridge

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge for the new tooth or teeth are attached to two crowns placed on the surrounding teeth to secure it in place.


Digital radiography image of a dental bridge

Using a dental bridge.

The false tooth (also called “pontic”) is usually made from porcelain, gold, alloys or a mixture of materials, as well as two crowns. Bridges are commonly recommended when there’s one or more missing teeth which would impact your smile and your speech. When a tooth is missing the nearby teeth move into the empty space, which affects your bite.

Types of dental bridges.

The most commonly used type of bridge is made up of a false tooth implanted between two porcelain crowns. These can be secured onto the surrounding teeth or by using implants. This type of bridge cannot be taken out and is permanently fixed.

For gaps between the front teeth, or when surrounding teeth are strong and healthy, a resin-bonded bridge can be used. In this case the false tooth is made from plastic, fused to metal bands and bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin. This is invisible from the front.

Cantilever bridges are fixed bridges attached to only one side when teeth are only present on one side of the gap.

Fitting.

After having applied a mild anaesthetic your dentist will shape the adjacent tooth or teeth so that your new crown will fit neatly. Impressions with dental putty are taken and sent to the laboratory where your new bridge will be designed and made. In the meantime a temporary bridge is fitted to protect your teeth. The right shade will be chosen for your new bridge, so that it may blend in exactly with your natural teeth.  At your next appointment the temporary bridge will be taken out and the new bridge put in. Your dentist will assess whether it fits properly before it is permanently fixed into place.

Caring for your bridge.

Good eating habits and dental hygiene can ensure your bridge can last for anything between 10 to 15 years. It’s important to take care of your bridge as you would for your natural teeth, cleaning it every day as this will help protect you from tooth decay, gum disease and halitosis (bad breath).

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