A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth and it literally bridges the gap between the adjacent teeth, fusing one or more false teeth to crowns that are fixed to either side of the gap.
Bridges are made of porcelain and provide good eating function, look natural and maintain the integrity of the dental arch; they are also durable and resist stains.
Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of the mouth and look and feel like natural teeth. They traditionally caused damage to healthy supporting teeth but due to advances in materials the preparation of these adjacent teeth to support all-porcelain bridges no longer requires the removal of healthy tooth structure.
How it works
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the teeth or dental implants that will be used to anchor the bridge – known as the abutment teeth – are prepared. This involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of the teeth are then made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, false teeth and crowns will be made in a dental lab.
We will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made. During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit.
Further visits may be needed to check the fit of the metal framework and bite, although this varies in each case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, Dr Ruparelia may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly.
If you have missing teeth, book a consultation with Dr Ruparelia at Tewkesbury Dental to discuss whether bridges are suitable for you.
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