Having a gap in your smile can be a knock to self-confidence. Bridges offer a long-lasting and secure way to replace a missing tooth and restore your smile. Using crowns on either side of the replacement tooth, bridges use your natural teeth to support the restoration. The bridge is colour-matched to blend in naturally, made from porcelain that perfectly mimics natural teeth.
Bridges can also be fitted to implants and can be used to replace more than one tooth.
As well as restoring an incomplete smile, bridges can offer a host of other benefits, including:
- Improving eating and speaking
- Enhancing facial contours.
- Preventing remaining teeth from moving out of position.
- Spreading the forces across your bite more evenly.
- The teeth that will support the bridge are prepared by removing a sufficient layer of enamel so there is a suitable amount of room for the crowns.
- Impressions are taken to gather accurate measurements for the bridge
- We provide a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth.
- When ready, we check the fit of the bridge and fix in place with strong dental cement.
As well as traditional bridges, featuring crowns and a false tooth in between, there are also cantilever bridges, for cases where there are teeth on only one side of the gap, and Maryland bonded bridges, which are attached to existing teeth with metal or ceramic wings.
While the bridge is resistant to decay, the natural teeth supporting it are not. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure the longevity of your bridge. It is especially important to clean under the false tooth, as well as brushing and flossing regularly.
If bridges are well looked after, and that includes keeping the surrounding teeth healthy so they can continue to provide a solid foundation, they should last for over ten years.