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Bridges

Like dentures and implants, dental bridges replace missing teeth and give you a beautiful, intact smile. They typically consist of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns, bridging a gap created by tooth loss. Because they are fixed in place and can only be removed by your dentist, there is little danger of the bridge being accidentally dislodged.

What types of bridges are available?

  • Adhesive Bridges: These bridges are held in position by a metal ‘wing’ that is attached to the prosthetic tooth and fixed onto an adjacent tooth using a strong adhesive.
  • Regular Bridges: Standard bridges are fixed in position by the teeth surrounding the empty socket. After these teeth are shaped and covered with crowns, the bridge is secured in place between them.
  • Implant-Retained Bridges: An implant-retained bridge is supported by implants instead of natural teeth. A single implant is usually placed in the jawbone for each absent tooth before the crowns are connected to form one piece.

How are bridges applied?

Bridge application calls for two visits. During the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the gap are contoured in preparation for crowns. Then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to use as a model for making the crowns, replacement tooth, and bridge. In the interim, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums.

When your new bridge arrives from the laboratory, we will schedule another appointment for you to come in and have it fitted. Your dentist may apply a temporary adhesive at first to confirm that the appliance fits properly, and then cement in permanently in place at a third and final visit.

With proper care and good oral hygiene practices, dental bridges will last up to 15 years. Like any fixed dental appliance, care must be taken to clean the area beneath and around the bridge to prevent decay from setting in. We will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your new bridge so that the neighbouring teeth remain healthy along with the rest of your smile.

If you are interesting in learning more about dental bridges as a comfortable and affordable restoration for missing teeth, contact Horfield Dental Care today.

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