What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a functional solution to replace missing teeth; it works by securing a false tooth to either single or multiple adjacent teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges which tend to be fixed in place by your clinician. As dental bridges are custom made they ensure a perfect fit within your mouth.
A bridge is a bespoke, precision item which is cemented over your tooth or implant to completely cover and close the gap. Neighbouring teeth generally have to be minimally reduced to create space for the material used to build the bridge. This makes sure that the final bridge sits perfectly, aligns well and is the right size.
Depending on your particular case, your clinician may advise you that a Maryland bridge (which is a resin retained bridge) may be suitable. This type of bridge can be used without the need to a reduce the adjacent teeth, providing that the teeth have enough enamel and are supportive enough to accommodate the permanent fixing of this bridge.
A traditional bridge is essentially ceramic fused to metal, which are the most frequently used in dentistry, and these can be constructed from a variety of materials. A more tailored, private option would be to have a bridge created from Zirconium; the technology behind this has eliminated the need for a metal substructure.
Typical treatment length
2 – 4 weeks for a simple case
What is the process?
Following a consultation with your clinician, you should have a good idea of whether your teeth are able to support a bridge. Your clinician will explain how your bridge will be constructed and how long your treatment will take. The treatment will then be unique dependent on your case and should you require an extraction, you may have to wait up to 6 months until your gums are fully healed.
When your treatment commences impressions of your teeth will be taken for the bridge, and whilst it is being made, you will have a temporary bridge or crown to protect the supporting teeth. Once both you and your clinician are satisfied the bridge is the right size, shape and colour it will be cemented in place and you will be shown how to keep your new bridge clean and in the best possible condition.
Aftercare & Prevention
Well maintained bridges can enjoy a long life span provided that you have regular checkups and practice good oral hygiene.