Dental bridges are a fixed option to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is effectively two crowns for the teeth either side, attached via a ‘floating’ tooth in the middle. The teeth either side of the missing one must have sufficient strength to be able to support the bridge. Unlike dentures, they are fixed and therefore you don’t need to worry about removing them. They can be made from porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain or all metal.
What is the alternative fixed option to a bridge?
An alternative, fixed option, to having a bridge fitted is to have a dental implant. Patients often like to explore this option as it does not involve destruction of otherwise healthy teeth either side of the gap.
What is involved?
Two visits are normally required to complete a dental bridge procedure. At the first visit, we will use a local anaesthetic and prepare your teeth for the bridge, take impressions, and fit a temporary bridge. At the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and replaced with the definitive one after you have confirmed you are happy with the colour, shape and fit.
How do I maintain my bridge?
Dental bridges require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth and we would expect a high quality bridge to last 10-20 years. It is important to carefully maintain your bridge to prevent decay and gum disease on the holding teeth. It is not possible to floss in the way you normally would, i.e. pass the floss down the sides of the teeth, so Superfloss by Oral B is recommended. Superfloss has a firm plastic end to thread beneath the bridge and this is then pulled through until the thicker part of the floss rests on the gum under the bridge. The floss is then taken all the way underneath the bridge from one side to the other to remove plaque and food that has built up.
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