Dental bridges are a procedure, available at our dental clinic, to replace a missing tooth. Missing teeth don’t only appear unsightly, but can also cause an irregular bite, gum disease, and remaining teeth to rotate or shift out of place.
A dental bridge is so called because it is used to bridge the gap created by a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The gap is bridged by inserting an artificial tooth, known as a pontic, in the gap, which is anchored in place by attaching it to the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutments, through the use of crown.
A bridge is one of two options to deal with the problem of a missing tooth. The alternative to having a bridge fitted is to have a dental implant fitted. A dental bridge is only an option if the supporting teeth on either side of the missing one have sufficient strength to be able to support the bridge.
It is a fixed dental restoration, not a temporary, removable one. Once it has been fixed in place, it can only be removed by a dentist. With proper care and oral hygiene, the lifespan of a dental bridge should be 10+ years.
You’ll be given a local anaesthetic during the bridge preparation and fitting stages, and the procedure is no more painful or uncomfortable than having a dental filling. How many visits to our clinic it takes to have a bridge fitted is dependent on each individual’s specific case, however, normally 2-3 visits are required.
When are Dental Bridges Needed?
- When a person’s appearance, speech, smile and chewing function is affected by a missing tooth or teeth.
- When the shape of your face is changed.
- The probability of developing gum disease and tooth decay can result from the accumulation of food in the gap between teeth and tipping of the teeth.
Bridges, What are They Made from?
- Porcelain bonded to precious metal.
- All-metal dental bridges (gold).
The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge selected.