What is a bridge?
Dental bridges are a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth and ‘bridge’ the gap created by the missing teeth. The bridge is made up or two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and is made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which will eventually support the bridge.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal and porcelain and will be fixed in your mouth (unlike dentures, which can be removed).
If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.
What are the benefits?
A bridge will not only restore your smile and improve your appearance, it will prevent any remaining teeth from moving out of their position, and distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing the gaps with crowns.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the crowns every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use an interdental brush or special floss to clean the area. Eating a balanced diet is also important.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and would like to discuss the options available, get in touch with one of the team on 01962 853135 or ask your dentist at your next routine visit.
You can also carry out an online Smile Analysis if you are not happy with your mouth or smile.