Bridges are a restorative treatment option to replace missing teeth. They are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, one or the other – generally we don’t attach a bridge to more than one tooth depending on the case. Bridges are used to replace a small number of teeth and are a permanent solution to missing teeth. It is a process that can take between 2-4 weeks.
The preparation stage is very much like preparing teeth for crowns. The tooth/teeth will be prepared in surgery, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental technician. The technician will then make the bridge/s according to the preparations.
Sometimes we may need to prepare the adjacent tooth/teeth for crowns other may only required a metal wing for attachment. This depends on the bridge type chosen.
Before you leave you will be made a temporary crown if possible, for the period until your next appointment.
On this appointment, we will have your work back and ready to fit. The temporary crown will be removed( if you had one), and we will try in the permanent bridge to make sure it fits. If it fits well we will cement the bridge into place, make any small necessary adjustments and then you’re good to go.
If the bridge is not fitting well at the trial stage, we will have to send the work back to the technician, most likely with new impressions to get the best fit. It is expected that there could be multiple visits and bridgework can take up to 2-4 weeks. We do our best to make sure you get the best results.
What types of bridges are used for dental restoration?
● Traditional Bridges: these bridges involve making crowns for the teeth either side of the gap, inbetween them a replacement tooth (a pontic) will be attached. These are usually made from porcelain fused to metal, however we do offer the option to upgrade to higher grade ceramics that are a lot more natural looking.
● Maryland Bridges: These bridges are attached to the prepared section of teeth on one or either side of the gap. It is usually a metal wing that fits behind the adjacent tooth holding the false one in the gap. We use a resin bonding material to fit them, which creates a better and more secure fit.
(Speak to the dentist about the grades and quality of bridges available)
Bridges generally last around 5-15 years given they are taken care of well. Your oral hygiene is very important and attending your regular check ups. We will give you the best advice on how to take care of your bridge.