What are bridges?
Bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. It can be fixed to adjoining teeth, implants or crowns on one or both sides of the gap. Or it can be used to span a gap with a replacement tooth or teeth.
What are bridges made from?
They 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.
- They can last for many years if looked after and good oral hygiene is practiced to keep gums and anchor teeth healthy.
- Dental bridges remain permanently in the mouth and do not have to be removed for cleaning.
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