What are bridges?
Bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is fixed to adjoining teeth, implants or crowns on one or both sides of the gap, spanning the gap with a replacement tooth or teeth.
What are bridges made from?
Bridges are usually made from porcelain or ceramic for a natural look that can be matched to the colour of natural teeth. Other materials, including gold or metal alloys, are sometimes used.
How are bridges fitted?
– The tooth or teeth which will support the bridge will be cut and filed to make room for the ‘anchor’ crown to fit
– An impression is taken of the mouth and of the gap requiring the bridge
– A dental technician will use this impression to construct the bridge
– A temporary bridge may be fitted until the permanent bridge is ready
– The dentist will fit the bridge, making any necessary adjustments for comfort and fit before cementing into place over the prepared anchor tooth or teeth
Advantages of bridges
– Bridges look and feel like natural teeth and can be matched in colour and shape to natural teeth
– Bridges can last for many years if looked after and good oral hygiene is practiced to keep gums and anchor teeth healthy.
– Bridges remain permanently in the mouth and do not have to be removed for cleaning