One traditional method of replacing a missing tooth is to use a bridge. This is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap. It is held in place by your existing neighbouring teeth. For a bridge to be successful it is necessary to have enough strong teeth either side of the space with good bone support. We will be able to assess this when you visit us. A bridge is made of a precious metal base with a layer of porcelain carefully bonded to this, in many cases it can also be made from porcelain alone as well as other materials.
As with other methods of replacing missing teeth, a bridge can support neighbouring teeth that could otherwise begin to misalign as a result of a missing tooth.
If well cared for a bridge should last for many years.
Bridges are natural in their appearance as the porcelain is carefully colour matched to your existing teeth. Having a bridge fitted can significantly enhance your smile and your confidence and avoid the need for a denture. Many patients have had a denture for many years and may not be aware that they could have a bridge instead. They avoid having to have any false parts on the palate or gums and avoid the embarrassment of having to remove false teeth to clean them.
You will need at least two visits to have a bridge fitted.
During your first visit we will carry out preparatory work on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A small amount of the teeth may need to be removed to make room for the crowns that support the bridge. We will then take an impression which will be used to make the bridge and crowns in the laboratory. Temporary crowns are placed, or a temporary bridge if suitable before you leave the surgery.
At the second appointment we will try the bridge to make sure you and the dentist are happy with the fit and appearance, if needed it can be adjusted to ensure a very good fit. It will then be cemented into place once you are completely happy.
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