What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth have another strong tooth adjacent to them. Bridges in modern times can be constructed using part-metal and part-tooth coloured materials such as porcelain or ceramic materials such as E-MAX which can look beautiful and natural.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Improving your appearance is one and another is improve the functionality because the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. Chewing is more efficient and comfortable when you don’t have missing teeth. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
What’s involved when getting a Dental Bridges?
The procedure is carried out with 2 appointments:
1st appointment – Your dentist will usually prepare the tooth by removing a small layer of tooth structure from the remaining teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, they then take an impression (mould) of your prepared tooth which is sent to a dental technician who will create your bridge, you’ll be involved in choosing the shade to match the rest of your smile.
2nd appointment – at this visit the dentist will try in the bridge, show you’re the bridge in place and confirm your happy with the result before cementing in place using a strong dental adhesive which will bond the bridge to your remaining teeth. The dentist will show you how to care for your bridge including how to clean underneath the bridge using a specific dental floss used to clean around bridges.