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Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is created by placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap between which a false tooth or teeth are anchored. They can be made of porcelain, porcelain bonded to precious metal, or all metal (gold).

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

  • They are natural in appearance.
  • Fitting usually requires just two appointments.
  • Restore your smile and appearance
  • Restore your ability to speak and chew properly
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent gum disease and tooth decay that may be caused by food accumulating in the gap
  • Provided that you practice good oral hygiene they last for between ten and fifteen years.

Types of dental bridge:

Traditional fixed bridge

The most common type of dental bridge is a traditional fixed bridge. It consists of a pontic (false tooth) anchored between two porcelain crowns that have been placed on neighbouring teeth or implants. As the name implies a traditional fixed bridge cannot be removed.

Resin-bonded bridge

Resin-bonded bridges (also known as Maryland-bonded bridges are used when the gap is between the front teeth, or when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are strong, healthy and free from any large fillings. The pontic (or false tooth) is made from plastic and fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjoining teeth using resin.

Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges are used in areas that are subject to lower stress, such as the front teeth, when there are teeth present on only one side of the gap.

How are dental bridges fitted?

First appointment:

Your dentist will numb the surrounding area with a local anaesthetic, before preparing the teeth on either side of the gap by removing part of the surface area of the tooth in order to accommodate the new dental crown. An impression of the teeth will be made, which will be used by the dental laboratory to custom-make your bridge and crown. Finally a temporary bridge will be fitted in order to protect the exposed gums and teeth until your next appointment.

Second appointment:

Your temporary bridge will be removed and your custom-made dental bridge will be fitted, checked for bite and fit, and adjusted before being cemented into place

Multiple visits may be required to check and adjust the fit. When traditional fixed bridges are fitted, the bridge is temporarily cemented into place for a few weeks so that it can be checked for fit before being permanently cemented.

How long does a dental bridge last?

With good oral hygiene and eating habits Dental bridges can last between ten and fifteen years.

How should I care for my dental bridge?

Practice good oral hygiene:

  • Clean your dental bridge each day in order to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
  • Clean under the false tooth every day.
  • Brush twice and floss daily.

Diet and eating habits:

Eat soft foods until you get accustomed to the dental bridge and eat a healthy balanced diet for good general and dental health.

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Park Clinic Dental 01 2853666
Knocklyon Dental 01 4936909