Dental bridges are an option for patients who would like to replace a missing tooth or teeth, but where an implant may not be feasible.
Here is how they work:
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base, which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth.
A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can't come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care during your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and does not cause bad breath.
What does a bridge involve?
Bridges involve bonding a porcelain tooth unit to the teeth on either side of the gap, to restore the space cosmetically and functionally. Wherever possible, the dentists at 108 Dental will ensure that they use the more minimally invasive, 'adhesive resin bonded bridges', which require far less or no removal of the patient's healthy tooth enamel.
Types of Bridges
For patients who are missing teeth and dental implants may not be an option, adhesive bridges can offer a fixed and minimally invasive solution.
Whereas conventional bridges require the removal of a fair amount of tooth substance to 'crown prepare' the teeth on either side of the gap, adhesive bridges use a specially designed wing which is bonded to the back surfaces of the adjacent teeth, often with little on no tooth preparation at all.
There are occasions when a conventional bridge is still an excellent option for a fixed solution to a missing tooth. If the teeth on either side of the space already have, or may require a crown in the future, a conventional bridge can be placed to provide a durable, aesthetic and long-lasting restoration.
A sturdy way to restore several teeth in a row.
Beautiful, natural-looking restoration.
Restores the ability to chew and eat as before.