Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth for a variety of reasons. It is a permanent restorative measure that offers support and stability through anchorage to dental implants or neighbouring teeth. As an alternative to metal restorations it is now possible to have all-ceramic bridges that are strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing.
- Permenant Replacement
- Strong and Stable Support
- Lasts for Years
- Custom Made For You
A bridge consists of a false tooth (also known as a pontic) which can be made from a number of materials, and two crowns that are attached to the false tooth to keep it in place.
Missing teeth can affect appearance and speech, as well as increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing the teeth reduces strain on the adjacent teeth, prevents the shape of the bite from altering and improves overall confidence.
During the appointments
- A mild anaesthetic is used
- A small area is trimmed away from the teeth on either side of the gap to accommodate the bridge
- Dental putty is used to create an impression of the tooth, which is sent to a laboratory for the bridge to be made.
- In the meantime, the exposed teeth and gums are protected with a temporary bridge.
- The custom-made bridge is fitted at the second appointment and adjustments are made where necessary before it is fixed in place.
Bridges can last for up to 15 years if maintained with a correct oral hygiene routine. This includes cleaning the bridge and false tooth daily and caring for the remaining teeth. Soft foods may need to be eaten until the mouth has become accustomed to the bridge.
GOT A QUESTION?
Ann found us online seeking a new smile and after careful consideration she opted for the All on 4 treatment. All her teeth were removed under sedation, and four implants placed in each jaw with temporary implant bridges fitted the same day. Her final bridges were fitted six months later. She called it nothing short of a life changing experienceREAD MORE
Mrs Adams came to see us seeking permanent fixed teeth having worn dentures for 20 years. X-Rays revealed severe bone loss in her upper jaw. One year after placing sinus lifts, we proceeded to place seven upper implants and four lower jaw implants, as well as fitting full arch bridges on the same day. Permanent bridges were placed six months later giving Ann lots of confidence to smile and eat the foods she wants.READ MORE
Morag came to the practice worried about her upper teeth moving. After intensive dental hygiene treatment, she had all her upper teeth removed and replaced with implants and gum grafts. After this, all-ceramic implant bridges were fitted. She was so happy with the treatment.READ MORE