A dental bridge is a functional solution to replace missing teeth and works by securing a false tooth to either single or multiple adjacent teeth. It is a bespoke, precision item which is cemented over your tooth or implant to completely cover and close the gap. Neighboring teeth generally have to be minimally reduced to create space for the material used to build the bridge. A traditional bridge is essentially ceramic fused to metal, however a more tailored, private option would allow construction from a variety of different materials including Zirconium.
During an initial consultation your dentist will determine if your teeth are suitable to support a bridge. Your clinician will explain how your bridge will be constructed and how long your treatment will take. Then dependent on your case and should you require an extraction, you may have to wait up to 6 months until your gums are fully healed.
At the first appointment, impressions of your teeth will be taken for the bridge. A temporary bridge or crown can protect the supporting teeth whilst it is being constructed. Once both you and your clinician are satisfied the bridge is the right size, shape and colour it will be cemented in place and you’ll be shown how to keep your new bridge clean and in the best possible condition.
Well maintained bridges can enjoy a long life span provided that you have regular checkups and practice good oral hygiene. Your dentist will deliver a personalized tailored hygiene plan in order to guide you through this.