Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are fixed in position. There are various types and can be supported by implants or neighbouring natural teeth. Sometimes the support teeth are prepared for crowns (if they are heavily restored already) or the bridge may be bonded adhesively to a sound support tooth.
You might choose to have a bridge for cosmetic purposes if there is an unsightly gap in the smile or for functional reasons.
- The abutment teeth are prepared for the supporting crowns or for the adhesive wings.
- Impressions are taken so the bridge can be tailor-made to fit.
- While the bridge is being made, a temporary bridge may be put in place to protect the exposed teeth and to eliminate the gap.
- When ready, the bridge is checked and adjusted to make sure it fits perfectly and it is finally fixed in place with strong dental cement.
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 and your dentist/hygienist will demonstrate the best ways to do this.
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 many years.Return to the Treatments page