A bridge is a permanent replacement for missing teeth that is supported by adjacent teeth. A conventional bridge is comprised of a prosthetic tooth that is fixed between two crowns that are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap.
A conventional bridge is the most frequently used bridge treatment. It can be used if you have natural, healthy teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.
A resin-bonded bridge is constructed from a prosthetic tooth that sits over the gum in the place of the missing tooth. The bridge is held in place with a metal wire attached to adjacent teeth and so does not involve the creation of new crowns.
As bridges are custom-made to match the appearance of your existing teeth, they are virtually invisible. Eating and speaking become easier and your full smile will be restored.
After an initial consultation, a dental bridge treatment is generally completed over two appointments. Firstly, to prepare the supporting teeth, then a second visit to fit the bridge in place.
For a conventional dental bridge, the adjacent teeth will be shaped in preparation to accept crowns which support the bridge. Your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
When your teeth have been prepared, dental Impressions are then taken. The dental lab then custom-make the new bridge comprised of two crowns either side of the replacement tooth. The shape and colour are matched as closely as possible to your natural teeth. Porcelain is a popular choice for its natural tooth colour.
When you have missing teeth, a dental bridge can be used if the adjacent teeth are in good condition. If your natural teeth have already been restored or you have gum issues, your dentist may consider other treatment options.
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