Bridges close a gap caused by one or more missing teeth. They consist of an artificial tooth being anchored to the adjacent natural teeth on each side of the gap. Bridges are either made entirely from porcelain, or from porcelain bonded to a metal substructure.
Why do I need a bridge?
When a tooth is lost, other teeth may move over time so it is essential to insert a replacement tooth as soon as possible. The space left from missing teeth may cause one of several problems.
Candidates for fixed bridges
Fixed bridges are suitable for many situations requiring tooth replacement. However, they are not a good choice if the:
What do Bridges involve?
Firstly, diagnostic models (and, if necessary photographs) are taken to decide what looks best for you. At the preparation appointment, the teeth used to attach the bridge are then shaped and impressions are taken from which the bridge is made. A provisional bridge is placed so you can experience what it’s like to no longer have the gap. The provisional bridge is made to the patient’s specifications and acts to cover the prepared teeth while the permanent bridge is made at a specialist laboratory. The patient therefore leaves their first appointment with their missing tooth replaced. It usually takes 3 weeks for the bridge to be fabricated. At the next visit, the final bridge is fitted and permanently cemented into place.
Will the teeth look stuck together?
Care is always taken to ensure that the teeth do not appear to be joined.
How do I care for my Bridge?
Brush and floss twice daily all areas around the bridge and keep your regular hygiene visits. We will show you how to use a special type of floss to go under the replacement tooth and keep this area of gum tissue healthy.
How long do bridges last?
With good care and regular dental visits the lifespan of a porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal bridge is usually at least 15 years. Bridges are stain resistant and do not discolour at all.