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Bridges

When you lose a tooth you may miss your natural smile and feel self-conscious, but a missing tooth can also alter your bite leading to discomfort and additional pressure on your remaining teeth. A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by joining to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

What are bridges made from and what are the different types?
How is a bridge prepared?
The procedure following a tooth extraction
How long will a bridge last?

What are bridges made from?

They are either made from porcelain bonded to precious metal or all-ceramic,though the all-ceramic option is usually advised because it is stronger, looks more natural and the cost of precious metal no longer makes it the cheaper choice. Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are to be anchored to the adjacent tooth or teeth and the stresses it is required to withstand:

Maryland Bridge – this is used for the small space of a single front tooth; it cannot be used if the adjacent teeth are damaged or if it could be subject to pressures from biting or grinding . It requires minimal tooth preparation and so preserves the greatest amount of the supporting teeth.  The false tooth has one or two wings that are bonded with special adhesive to the back to the supporting teeth.


More commonly missing teeth are replaced by false teeth attached to crowns. Whether one tooth or both teeth adjacent to the space are required to support the bridge depends on the strength of these supporting teeth and the size of the gap (span) to be filled. This needs to be assessed on an individual basis. It may be necessary to take into consideration existing restorations as they may be used in the making of the new bridge.

           


How is a bridge prepared? – In the same way as a crown:

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You will need to have at least two visits, usually about 1 to 2 weeks apart, depending on the material chosen.

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You will usually have a local anaesthetic and the preparation should feel no different from a filling. The tooth is prepared by shaping it for a crown; this will involve removing most of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core.

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A shade for the new bridge is then decided upon, so that the colour looks natural and matches your surrounding teeth.

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An impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and usually another to mark the way you bite together are taken. These are then sent to our dental technicians, along with any other information needed for the crown to be made.

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A temporary bridge may be made so that you are not left with a gap until your next appointment; but if you are use to having a gap you may only need a temporary covering placed over your prepared supporting tooth/teeth.

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Before fitting your bridge your dentist will show you it in your mouth. It is extremely important to ensure you are happy with the proposed result as once fitted it is only possible to make minor changes.

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Because you are used to having a gap not a tooth and there may a slight difference in the shape of the crowned tooth/teeth, you may be more ware of the bridge to begin with if you are not used to having something there but after a few days you should stop noticing it. However, it may need slight adjustment if your bite does not feel comfortable.

The procedure following a tooth extraction

It is not usual to fit a bridge immediately following a tooth extraction; a period of time is needed for the surrounding tissue and gums to heal and any swelling to subside. Bridges are made to sit snuggly on top of the gum, if made too soon gaps can develop around the bridge margins, thus affecting the fit and appearance. This then in turn makes it harder to maintain your good oral health as food and debris can become trapped.

It is normal for an interim partial acrylic denture to be fitted (this is the most financially feasible option) for approximately 3 months. This maintains the space and supports the bite until everything heals.

How long will a bridge last?

A properly cared for bridge should last for many years but this depends on how well you look after it. The bridge itself cannot decay, but decay can start at the edge of the bridge where it is joined to the supporting tooth. Also the gums under and around the bridge can become inflamed if not kept scrupulously clean. Your dentist will be able to advise you on how to use interdental brushes and the special bridge floss.

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