What is a bridge?
A bridge is a replacement for one or several teeth that is fixed into your mouth, usually to one or more of your remaining teeth. Bridges are a good solution if gaps in your teeth are causing problems chewing, altering your bite, causing damage to other teeth.
Whilst they aren't natural teeth they will improve their appearance to the point that people will not usually be able to tell that you have had a bridge applied.
How are bridge fitted?
For a bridge to be applied in your mouth we will need to adjust the shape of the teeth that will surround the bridge so that they become an ideal platform to support the bridge. Once this is done we'll then produce an impression of the gap and its surrounding teeth so that a technician can design and build your bridge in time for your next appointment. A temporary bridge will be applied to last you between appointments.
During your next appointment we will fit your bridge and check that it fits and looks right. We'll also ensure that it doesn't affect how your teeth come together. Once we're both happy with it we'll secure the bridge to the surrounding teeth.
Some patients require crowns for the surrounding teeth to help secure the bridge. If this is the case then we will do the work for you crowns during the treatment for your bridge/s.
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How long do bridges last?
Bridges can last for many years. How long they last depends on several things:
The remaining strength of the teeth from which the bridge is supported
How well you care for your teeth
How much sugary food and drink you consume
How heavy your bite is
Do I need a bridge?
Below are some signs that you may need a crown. If you notice or experience any of the following then its worth paying us a visit to get it checked out. You may not need a crown but chances are something is definately wrong and we can help.
Pain in a tooth that contains a large filling
You're about to begin root canal treatment
Cracked or fractured tooth
Alternatives to bridges
Sometimes a bridge is not advised based on the condition of the teeth that would be required to support it. Sometimes patients do not like the idea of bridge. In either scenario there are alternatives available although we will always advise you as to what we believe is your best option based on your dental condition. Alternatives include Dentures