Bridges are a fixed and aesthetically pleasing solution for patients with missing teeth. There are various types of Bridges available, each with their own advantages depending on patient preference and the condition of the remaining natural teeth. The three main types of Bridge that we offer are shown below.
Other available options to replace missing teeth are Dental Implants and Dentures. We hold regular free consultation evenings regarding tooth replacement options where we offer 20% off treatment. To see upcoming events, please visit our Facebook page.
Traditional fixed bridge.
This type of Bridge involves the placement of a Crown on either side of the missing tooth which act as an anchor for the Bridge to hold it in place and keep it secure. These Bridges are usually made from porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.
This is a new and revolutionary type of bridge that does not involve the placement of a crown on either side of the missing tooth. The advantages of this is that the bridge can be placed more quickly and eliminating the need for crowns means eliminating trauma to the neighbouring natural teeth. Maryland Bridges are made from a special resin and metal frame that has wings which are cemeted into place with a strong adhesive.
This type of bridge might be used when there are teeth present on just one side of the missing tooth. In this case the bridge is is anchored to one or more adjacent teeth on that one side.
Your dentist will need to make an impression of your teeth using dental putty that is then sent to a laboratory to be custom made. It might be necessary to make some alterations to the surrounding teeth depending on the state of the teeth and the type of Bridge you are having, this will be done before the impressions are made. Your dentist will also take a record of the colour of your teeth so the Bridge can be matched to look natural.
You may have the area numbed with a local anaesthetic when fitting the Bridge, as the supporting teeth may need to be prepared to hold the adhesive. This may have previously been done if you have had a temporary bridge fitted.
You need to clean your bridge every day just like your normal teeth to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. However you will also need to clean under the false tooth/teeth. Your dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush may not reach.
The main difference is that a Bridge is fixed and a Partial Denture is usually removable. A Bridge is also mainly used when fewer teeth are missing or teeth are missing on just one side of the mouth whereas a Denture can replace multiple teeth missing in different areas of the mouth.