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dental Bridges

dental bridges

A bridge is a very intelligent way of replacing missing teeth by using existing teeth on either side of the gap. There are several versions of a bridge;

  • Maryland Bridge – A prosthetic tooth with a ‘wing’ attached. The ‘wing’ is cemented onto the back of the natural tooth next to the gap, allowing the prosthetic tooth to fit in the gap. This method usually requires little preparation to the natural tooth and is normally used for the front teeth.
  • Traditional Bridge – A prosthetic tooth is sandwiched between and attached to two crowns, which are placed on top of the natural teeth either side of the gap. The two natural teeth require some preparation, and have often already had dental work in the past. The prosthetic tooth sits in the gap, being secured by the teeth either side.
  • Cantilever Bridge – One or more prosthetic teeth are attached to a crown. The crown is placed on top of the natural tooth at the side of the gap, supporting the prosthetic teeth. This method is usually used if there is not another tooth on the other side of the gap or there is a dental reason for not wanting to use another natural tooth.

What happens during a bridge preparation and fit appointment?

After an initial assessment and treatment plan, the tooth, or teeth, are prepared for the bridge. This involves shaping the tooth in order to fit the bridge without affecting your natural bite. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the teeth involved in the bridge preparation. This ensures that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. The amount of tooth reduction required will depend on the specific case and the type of bridge being used. Once the teeth are prepared, a scan is taken of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. This produces a 3D image of the area which is then sent to the dental laboratory who create a custom bridge that fits precisely in your mouth. While the permanent bridge is being fabricated at the dental laboratory, a temporary bridge is usually placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. This temporary bridge is typically made from acrylic and provides aesthetic and functional benefits until the final bridge is ready. The shade of the permanent bridge will be determined by matching it to the color of your natural teeth for a more seamless blend.

In a subsequent appointment, the final bridge will be cemented or bonded onto the prepared teeth, restoring your smile, improving your bite, and filling the gap caused by missing teeth.

bridge aftercare

After getting a dental bridge, it’s important to follow proper aftercare instructions to ensure the longevity and health of your bridge. Here are some essential guidelines to keep in mind:

Remember, it's essential to communicate with us about any concerns or questions you may have regarding your dental bridge. By practicing good oral hygiene and following these aftercare guidelines, you can help ensure that your dental bridge remains functional and lasts for years to come.