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What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental Bridges can be a great solution to replace a missing tooth when there are supporting teeth on either side of your gap. These adjacent teeth are called abutment teeth  which will support a replacement tooth called the pontic.

Lady smiling with dental bridge

Why do I need a Bridge? Can't I just get an implant?

Sometimes due to circumstances, you  may not be able to get a dental implant. This can be due to lack of bone structure, medical issues or financial circumstances. A bridge can be a very effective way of replacing your missing tooth. By replacing your missing tooth, this can allow you to smile and eat confidently again!  A missing tooth can lead to your other teeth moving which can lead to spaces created between your teeth, gum problems and jaw pain because your bite has changed.

dental bridge mold

How do I get a Bridge made?

Getting a bridge made is very similiar to having a crown done. On the first appointment, we will prepare your abutment teeth for the crown. A few impressions will be taken and your bridge will be fabricated by our dental laboratory. A temporary bridge will be made to protect your teeth while your bridge is being made.

At the next appointment  (usually 2-3 weeks after), the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be cemented on. You would be able to chew and eat quite quickly after this appointment!

elderly couple enjoying food with new dental bridge

How long does a Dental Bridge last for?

The permanent bridge can last from 7-15 years depending on you look after it. The bridge should be cared for like your permanent teeth. It must be cleaned properly in between the teeth and pontic using an interdental brush or floss.

It is also important to attend regular dental checkups to spot and rectify and early dental issues with your dental bridge!

dental bridge procedure

Dental Bridge types

There are 3 common types of dental bridges:

Traditional Bridges

These are the most popular type of bridges used in dentistry. Crowns can be made from ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. These crowns are then cemented on to the adjacent teeth with a replacing tooth (pontic) in between them.

Cantilever Bridges

These are not used very often, but this is done when you do not have 2 adjacent teeth on either side of your missing tooth. The abutment tooth is prepared for a crown and a pontic is attached to the end of it. This may not be suitable for you if you have a very heavy bite or a grinder. 

Maryland Bridges

This is a very conservative option to your traditional bridges. The bridge is made from a metal framework where the pontic is attached to the metal wings. These wings can be cemented onto one or two of your adjacent teeth. Because it relies on cement to be intact, it can't be used for your posterior teeth due to the heavy chewing at the back of your mouth.

It is important to get a dental consultation with us as we can discuss and make sure you choose the right option that suits you the best!

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