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Tooth Bridge

A tooth bridge is an option for replacing a missing tooth.

  • A dental bridge is a false tooth, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth.
  • The two crowns holding it in place are attached onto teeth on each side of the false tooth.

This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial denture, but are stuck down permanently. It’s a comfortable treatment option. Comprised out of metal or porcelain the teeth are sharp and strong – much stronger than the plastic teeth and needless to say, they are more comfortable than a denture. Bridges are a clinically proven, traditional alternative to the newer implant tooth. They can be a cost effective option compared to implants – especially when more than one tooth needs replacing. The disadvantage is that it harms the adjacent two teeth. Nevertheless bridges have been used for many years and before implants, they were the ideal treatment alternative to missing teeth. Bridges aren’t removable and can be made from similar materials to crowns; metal or porcelain, or a combination of both.

After your mouth is assessed, the appropriate diagnostic records and models are taken and the required structure of the bridge is decided upon, bridges are made over 2 appointments:

  1. The adjacent teeth to the gap are prepared and a mould is taken for the construction of the bridge.
  2. Approximately 3 weeks after the initial appointment the bridge is inserted and adjusted if needs be.

Between  the appointments the bridge is sent to the  dental laboratory for construction. In this time either a temporary resin bridge or temporary resin crowns will be constructed and fitted over your prepared teeth.

Bridges offer a functional way to replace missing teeth.

Cleaning underneath the bridge is essential and you can purchase bridge cleaning floss and piksters here.

Call reception on 33698300. Alternatively you can book an appointment online.

 

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