A bridge is a permanently fixed bespoke device which can be used to replace a missing tooth. It makes use of your healthy existing teeth (as abutments) – anchoring to them – in order to hold a replacement crown securely in place.
Great skill is required in the production of a bridge. Our lead dentists will work alongside our carefully selected external dental technicians using their expertise and knowledge in the manufacture of a device which will be individually tailored to your exact requirements.
Intricately measured for the most comfortable and secure fit, your bridge will also be matched perfectly for a finish so natural it will be hard to tell apart from your existing teeth.
We combine the highest quality materials with the most up to date technology in order to ensure that your bridge is strong and durable- yet still comfortable and natural looking. It’s important to us that you are delighted with the end result.
Although a bridge can be a costly option for many, with good care and regular maintenance it should last for many years- making it a particularly cost-effective long-term option for many people.
Stages of your new bridge:
- Impressions of your teeth will be taken to assess your bite.
- The ‘anchor’ teeth will be prepared to make sure there is room for the bridge to be fitted.
- A second impression will be taken to show the gaps and prepared teeth. A temporary bridge can be fitted at this point if required.
- Your final bridge will be fitted, adjusted as required and then fixed in place with dental adhesive.
- A dentist or hygienist will instruct you on the best way to care for your new bridge.
- You will need to attend a follow up appointment (possibly one or more) so that we can check your bridge.
In order to best maintain your bridge and ensure that it lasts for many years to come it’s important to maintain a good tooth cleaning routine at home and attend regular check-ups so that any problems can be detected early.
Bridge needles and special floss can be used to clean underneath the bridge. Mouthwash can also help to rinse out hidden areas to prevent any bacteria build-up.
Why replace a missing tooth?
For anyone with a missing tooth (or teeth) life can be difficult. Eating and drinking can become a problem and the effects on your self-confidence can be considerable- causing you to avoid smiling and even talking to others.
As well as this, when you have a missing tooth the potential for damage to your remaining teeth is increased. Decay and gum disease can develop more easily and your existing teeth could even start to move or twist as a result of the extra space in your mouth.
The benefits of a bridge:
- Improvement in your ability to eat, chew and speak.
- Improvement in the overall look of your teeth and your facial features.
- Protection of your existing teeth- from wear, damage, decay and movement.
What is a bridge made of?
A bridge is normally made from a mixture of metal and porcelain- sometimes it will be made completely from porcelain if it is highly visible.
Are there alternatives to a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is not always a suitable option- normally because the supporting teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to hold a bridge in place. In this case a removable denture or dental implant may be a better option.
Our staff will fully discuss all options with you prior to commencement of any treatment. Thorough dental checks will be undertaken and the best treatment options explained honestly and in detail taking into account your personal requirements and specific dental needs.