A bridge is a restoration whereby an artificial tooth or teeth is/are attached to crowns placed on two or more adjacent teeth. A dental bridge is either made entirely from porcelain, or from porcelain bonded to a metal substructure. Bridges can be placed alone or in conjunction with porcelain veneers and crowns as part of a greater dental enhancement.
FAQs about Bridges
Will the teeth look stuck together?
No! Special care is always taken to ensure that the teeth do not appear to be joined.
How will I clean the bridge?
Although conventional flossing is impossible, it is still very important to clean between bridged teeth. A number of methods are available and can be tailored to each client’s individual needs.
How long do bridges last?
With good home care and regular dental visits the lifespan of a porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal bridge is usually at least 15 years. Bridges are stain resistant and do not discolour at all.
How many dental visits are required?
A bridge can normally be completed in 2 or 3 dental visits. During the first visit the teeth are prepared and a temporary bridge is placed. The temporary bridge is made to the patient’s specifications and acts to cover the prepared teeth whilst the permanent bridge is made. The patient therefore leaves their first appointment with their missing teeth replaced.
How soon after my tooth is extracted can a bridge be placed?
It is possible to extract a tooth and replace it with a temporary bridge at the same appointment, therefore avoiding the embarrassment of having an unattractive ‘gap’.
The temporary bridge is left in position for approximately 3 months to allow healing of the extraction site before the permanent bridge is placed.