What is a Tooth Bridge?
A tooth bridge is a glued on replica that replaces a missing tooth.
- A dental bridge is a false tooth, which is fused between two porcelain to fill in the area left by a missing tooth.
- The two 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 of metal or porcelain. The teeth are sharp and strong – much stronger than the plastic teeth and needless to say, are more comfortable than a denture.
Bridges are clinically proven, traditional alternatives to implants.
They can be a cost effective option compared to implants – especially when more than one tooth needs replacing. The only disadvantage of bridges 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 and the appropriate diagnostic records and models are taken, bridges are made over 2 appointments:
- We prepare the adjacent teeth to the gap and take a mould for the construction of the bridge.
- Approximately 3 weeks after the initial appointment we insert the bridge and adjusted if needs be.
Between 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.