If you have a missing tooth and want to get an artificial replacement for it then bridges may be the right option for you. To assess your specific needs, we offer you a free initial consultation to help you determine if bridges are a suitable option for you.
During the consultation we can answer any question that you may have regarding the treatment options and can highlight the advantages and disadvantages that a bridge may be able to provide you.
Once you are ready to proceed with treatment we take an impression of your teeth for a high level of accuracy, to be able to provide you with a comfortable and accurate fit. Your bridge is then made with high quality porcelain and a nickel chrome (silver-coloured) or zirconia retainer (white) if possible.
Soon after this you can come in for a fitting e bridge will be adhesively stuck onto the tooth next door and replace the gap with a brand new tooth you can be proud of.
Why use it?
Bridges can be used to:
- Fill the space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
The treatment process
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. Occasionally we need to numb the teeth, if the teeth need to be prepared, often we do not need to prepare teeth for adhesive bridge. If the teeth are numb, the one/two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mould) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. If additional strength is needed, further tooth reduction may be and a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your Dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge or leave the temporary bridge in for a long time to assess your bite before placing the permanent one. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.