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Bridges

There Are Three Main Ways To Replace Missing Teeth:

  • Bridges
  • Removable Partial Dentures
  • Implants

Bridges are used to fill a gap and restore function or aesthetics where a tooth or teeth have been lost. In this example a three unit bridge is being used to replace a missing tooth by using the teeth either side (abutment teeth) to support the bridge.

They are usually made from a metal base that is coated in dental porcelain to make it look like a natural tooth.

What Is Involved In Having A Bridge Made?

A bridge is custom made to fit into the gap and over the adjacent teeth by skilled dental technicians working in a dental laboratory. In order for the technician to make the bridge the adjacent teeth or tooth must first be prepared by the dentist in the following stages;

  • Reduction & shaping of the teeth to create a ‘core’ with an even space for the abutments of the bridge to fit over.
  • Taking of an impression of the prepared teeth.
  • Taking of an impression of the opposite arch to allow the laboratory to see how you bite together.
  • The shade of teeth will be recorded to allow the technician to match the bridge to your existing teeth.

The impressions are then sent to the dental laboratory where the impressions are cast using a dental stone which produces an exact replica of your teeth, including the prepared teeth.

How Long Does It Take?

To prepare and fit a bridge usually takes two visits;

One visit to prepare the teeth, make the impressions & record the shade and one visit to fit the permanent bridge. Tooth preparation for bridge work depends upon the number of teeth involved, between 45 & 90 minutes.

Will It Feel Different?

As you have had a space where a tooth/teeth have been missing it may feel very strange at first having a bridge filling this space. Over the first week this strange feeling should go away as you get used to having a bridge in the space. The bridge should not feel high or uncomfortable, if you are in any doubt please ask one of the dentists.

How Long Will The Bridge Last?

A bridge should last for many years but this depends on how well the bridge is looked after once it is fitted. Although the bridge will not decay the area where the bridge meets the teeth that support it can begin to decay. Particular attention to this area must therefore be paid to this area when cleaning you teeth.

 

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