What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth anchored on neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic, and is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth and thereby bridging them together.
Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your:
- Smile and appearance.
- Bite as a result of adjacent teeth leaning into the space and altering the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
- Gum disease and tooth decay as a result of food accumulated in the gap.
At your first appointment the teeth on either side of the space are prepared by trimming away a small area in order to accommodate the new crown over them. The dentist then uses dental putty to make an impression of the teeth, which will be used to make the bridge and crown in the laboratory.
A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect the exposed gums and teeth.
A shade will then be taken to determine the right colour for the dental bridge, by selecting a shade that resembles the natural colour variations in your teeth, as well as suiting your complexion.
At your second appointment the temporary bridge is removed and the custom-made bridge is fitted in and checked for it's fit and bite, and is adjusted accordingly. It is then cemented in place.
Often multiple visits are required to check and adjust the fit.
Dental bridges can last 10-15 years provided that you maintain good dental hygiene and eating habits.