What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges can best be described as a number of crowns joined together. They can be as small as one crown carrying one false tooth. Or many in number. The process is very similar to that of a crown, with the appointment length increasing as the number of crowns increases.
A bridge is made in the laboratory and is cemented into the mouth and used to replace teeth that are missing. It consists usually of a crown either side of the missing tooth and then a ‘false’ tooth or ‘pontic’ is joined to the two crowns, as one piece. So that it ‘bridges ‘the gap between the two teeth.
What are the benefits of a bridge?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Your appointments at our Practice
The procedure is very similar to that of a crown. The first appointment is for the teeth preparation, the impressions and the temporary bridge. The second appointment is to cement the bridge and to show you the best way to care for it.
The bridge can be designed in many different ways depending on the situation, the position in the mouth and the number of missing teeth. We can discuss all the options to help you make a decision.
How long does a bridge last?
While bridges can last for ten years or more, they do sometimes become loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.
It is important that you regularly visit us regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.