What are they?
A bridge fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Some bridges have crowns at each end.Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap.Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap.
Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain.
What will my dentist do?
The steps involved in making a ‘Bridge’ are as follows..
First your dentist uses a soft, mouldable material to make impressions of your mouth.
The teeth that will support the bridge are prepared to take the fixing and to make sure that the bridge is not too bulky.
Another impression is taken of the teeth and any gaps, and the dental technician uses this to make the bridge.
At your final visit, the dentist will check that the bridge fits, make any minor adjustments and then fix it permanently in place.Your dentist will show you the best way of keeping your new bridge clean.
What are the benefits?
It can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
The teeth can be matched to the colour of your own teeth using accurate shade guides available in the clinic.
A bridge can last many years, if you keep it clean and if there is no accidental damage.