Bridges replace a missing tooth by 'bridging' over the open space. A bridge consists of two or more crowns on natural teeth that are attached to an artificial tooth called a pontic, replacing the missing tooth.
Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak and should always be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
It takes two or three appointments to complete. First, we will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap and a temporary bridge will be cemented. On the subsequent visit, the bridge will then be cemented permanently to the natural teeth.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth either side of the space left by the missing tooth and a pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions on Bridges
- What are all-porcelain bridges?
In the past, bridges were made with a metal support structure or a metal lining that was concealed by an external layer of porcelain. These looked unattractive and unnatural as the opaque metal base was often visible. With advances in dentistry techniques and materials, bridges can now be completely made of porcelain. Known as all-porcelain bridges, these have the translucency of natural teeth and look just like the real thing.
- Are all-porcelain bridges as strong as the old fashion bridges made of metal?
Yes, all-porcelain bridges when properly shaped to fit and securely attached are strong and durable.
- What are the side effects of this procedure?
Some patients may experience mild sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures in the mouth for a few weeks after the bridge is attached.
- How long does a bridge last?
With good oral hygiene, a bridge can usually last for at least ten years.
- How do I know if a bridge is the most appropriate type of treatment for me?
Our dental surgeons will carry out a detailed examination of your existing teeth, they will look for any empty spaces left by missing teeth as well as the condition of your gums. They will then make recommendations for appropriate procedures and advise you on treatment options.
- Why is a bridge necessary? Can't I just leave the gap as it is?
Leaving gaps untreated can lead to further deterioration of oral health, with gum disease and tooth decay more likely to occur in such situations. Furthermore, empty spaces may also have the undesirable effect of causing teeth to shift out of their proper position. Most people find it hard to chew food properly and speak clearly when they have missing teeth. This can be overcome by having a bridge.
- Can these bridges be taken out like false teeth?
Fixed bridges are cemented to your teeth and cannot be removed.
- What about hygiene standards at T32 Dental Centre?
We understand the concern for personal safety. T32 Dental Centre uses autoclave sterilization and disposable/non-contamination techniques to ensure the highest hygiene standards are met.
- Does this procedure hurt?
Local anaesthesia is used to numb the gum before we start work on the area. This should minimise painful sensations.
- How much does this procedure cost?
At T32 our approach is to customise treatments for each individual person. We believe that, by doing this, we are able to ensure maximum value for patients as they are charged only for the treatments they need and not for general dental packages, that may include treatments or services not needed. So the cost will very much depend on each specific patients programme.