A bridge is a restoration which replaces a missing tooth (or teeth) with a false tooth which is bonded to natural teeth on either side of the gap.
Why might I need a bridge?
Dental bridges can be a more affordable, and less invasive, choice for replacing missing teeth.
What are the alternatives to a bridge?
The main options include dental implants, or a denture. Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you, and will be able to give you an idea of cost for each.
What types of bridge do you offer?
Similar to crowns, we offer two different types of bridge - all-porcelain bridges, and porcelain bonded to metal bridges. All-porcelain bridges are are more natural looking, so are usually recommended for front teeth.
Am I able to have a bridge without crowning the teeth adjacent to the gap?
In some cases, yes, a Maryland bridge is suitable. Your dentist will be able to advise you if this is the best option.
What is the process of having a bridge made? How many appointments will I need?
You will need two appointments - the first being the preparation appointment, and the second being the fit appointment. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the bridge by adjusting its shape, take an impression and fit a temporary bridge. The impression, along with the dentist's prescription, will be sent to a dental laboratory, where the technicians will make the bridge. At the second appointment, the dentist will check the fit of the bridge and make sure that you are happy with the bridge's aesthetics. The dentist will then permanently cement the bridge. There is usually a wait of around 2 weeks between these appointments.
How long will a bridge last?
A bridge can last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained, depending on the condition of the original tooth. Regular check-ups and hygienist appointments are key to long lasting restorations.