Along with partial dentures and individual dental implants, a dental bridge is commonly used to replace a missing tooth, or consecutive series of missing teeth. Essentially, it consists of an artificial porcelain tooth, or teeth, anchored to the natural teeth either side of the gap by means of dental crowns.
This method offers a secure and stable means for replacing teeth to help rebuild your smile and enable you to eat without worry.
Dental Bridges FAQs
Can anyone have a bridge?
Yes, providing that the teeth on either side of the gap are strong enough to support the dental crowns which anchor the bridge. Where they are not, other options such as implants or dentures may be considered.
Can bridges be fitted following an extraction?
Not generally. It is important to allow time for the gum to heal fully before a dental bridge is fitted. In the meantime, a temporary partial denture may be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth whilst the gum heals.
Are bridges difficult to keep clean?
Because of the nature of a dental bridge, care is needed to clean around and especially underneath the bridge. Failure to do so may result in gum disease. This is not a difficult task though and takes just a few minutes a day. Full cleaning instructions and aftercare advice will be given by our team during your appointment.
How long does the treatment take?
Your treatment will usually consist of two appointments here at Chalkwell Dental. The first of these involves preparation of the teeth either side of the gap in order for the crowns to be fitted and taking impressions. The prepared teeth will then be protected by a temporary crown while the bridge is being fabricated.
The second appointment is a shorter one where the temporary restoration is removed and your new bridge fitted and adjusted to give you a comfortable and natural looking replacement.
Is it painful?
A local anaesthetic will be used whilst we prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap in readiness to receive the crowns; so any discomfort will be minimal.
How long will the bridge last?
This is difficult to predict exactly and will depend on the degree of aftercare and to some extent, the lifestyle of the patient. In general though, a dental bridge should be expected to last between ten and fifteen years.
If you would like to discuss the various options for replacing missing teeth, including dental bridges, please call Chalkwell Dental on 01702 475065.