What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a well-established and successful way of replacing a missing tooth – helping to restore function and look to your mouth. This type of fixed restoration makes use of the neighbouring teeth as ‘anchors’ to support and hold a manufactured crown in place.
A bridge is most commonly made from metal but porcelain can be used if it will be highly visible. Your dental bridge will be custom made to fit your mouth. For this reason, production can be quite lengthy. You will require several appointments so that we can ensure a comfortable and secure fit and a very natural looking finish.
A dental bridge is often considered an expensive treatment but do bear in mind that the process requires significant skill and time in order to make it just right. When finished and fitted, your bridge will offer optimum durability and comfort and will also help to prevent any future oral health issues that could arise as a result of your missing teeth.
With good care and regular maintenance your bridge could last for over 15 years. Therefore, it can actually be a very cost effective option for many patients.
Dental bridge – the benefits:
• Smile and talk to others with more confidence
• Regain the ability to eat the foods you’d like
• Restore definition and shape to your face
• Protect your remaining teeth from movement or tooth decay
The process of fitting a dental bridge:
Following an initial consultation, your abutment teeth (either side of the gap) will be prepared. This will involve removal of the tooth enamel so that the new crown can sit level with your existing teeth. Impressions will be taken and used to produce the bridge. A temporary bridge can be fitted while you await your new one.
When it is received, your new dental bridge will be checked for fit and comfort. Once ready it will be fixed with a dental adhesive. You may be asked to return for a subsequent check-up so that we can ensure your bridge is well fitted and comfortable.
What will my new bridge feel like?
It may take a few weeks (particularly if you’ve had a missing tooth for a long time) but once you get used to your new bridge it should make life considerably easier. At first you may find eating slightly strange. If so, stick with a softer diet and introduce harder items slowly.
You may also notice that you struggle to pronounce certain words. Practice and repetition is key and should help to improve this within a few days. If you experience any soreness or your bridge feels loose please contact us immediately for a check-up.
Looking after your bridge:
Remember to look after your bridge in the same way as the rest of your teeth. The success of your bridge in the long term will depend on the health of the teeth and gums holding it in place.
• Clean underneath your false tooth each day with a bridge needle
• Always brush and floss your teeth daily
• Attend regular dental and hygienist check-ups
• Avoid a sugary diet or particularly hard foods which could damage your bridge