What is Dental Bridge?
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. One or two crowns act as anchors to a prosthetic tooth. The crowns are placed on either side of the missing tooth site and hold the prosthetic tooth in place. The force of your bite is balanced between the adjoining teeth so that full jaw function is restored.
What types of bridges are available?
There are three main types of bridge available for your procedure, and they are –
• Traditional bridges. These are made of porcelain fused to either metal or ceramics. The procedure involves creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth (sometimes called a pontic) fitted in between.
• Cantilever bridges. These are now less common, but were used when there are teeth next door on only one side of the missing tooth
• Bonded bridges. Metal or porcelain wings are bonded on just one side of your existing teeth. They are either made of porcelain, plastic teeth and gums fitted onto a metal or porcelain framework, or porcelain fused to metal.
The Dental Bridge procedure
The procedure will take place over two visits. This is because impressions of your teeth will need to be made before the bridge can be created.
On your first visit, the teeth that will anchor the bridge are prepared. Contouring is used to create a surface that your dental bridge can bond to. This is not a painful procedure and you will have a local anaesthetic to make you more comfortable. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth to be sent off to the dental lab. A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect your enamel.
On your second visit, we’ll remove the temporary bridge. Your new bridge will be attached with dental cement which holds it firmly in place. We’ll check the bridge and adjust it as required. You may need to return again if your bite doesn’t feel right or if you have any discomfort. Don’t worry, this is completely normal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help
A bridge “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap both receive crowns to help anchor the false tooth when it’s put into place.
A bridge can:
• restore your smile
• give you the ability to chew and speak better
• holds the natural shape of your face
• prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Dental bridges may affect your adjacent teeth. When you come for your appointment, we can discuss implants – they’re a different solution to dental bridges. If you want to find out more about our implant service
If you have a good dental hygiene routine and come to Billericay Dental Care for regular check-ups, your dental bridge or crown could last a long time.
Our expert team will give you advice to help you care for your bridge or crown in the future. We want you to enjoy the difference our bridges and crowns bring to your life so it’s all about us helping you get the most out of them.
It’s normal to be nervous about new dental procedures. We take every step to help keep you calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area before we work on your teeth. This ensures that you do not feel any pain.
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Why we are different.
Year after year, we’re privileged to welcome an ever increasing number of patients to our practice. When you choose our dental bridge service, we can promise you the following:
- From your first consultation, we will work hard to ensure you understand your options and the benefits of treatment.
- We’re open, honest and upfront about our services. We’ll offer you a realistic understanding of what you can hope to achieve with your dental bridge treatment.
- Our team of dental professionals are highly trained and experienced in fitting and placing dental bridges. We’ll be here to answer your questions and make your restoration journey enjoyable.