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BRIDGES


A bridge is where one or more missing teeth are replaced by using adjacent teeth or dental implants to support them.



There are three main types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges - The tooth or implant on either side of the space are crowned , with the missing teeth in between.

Cantilever bridges - Made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic and used when it is  only possible to use teeth only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Maryland or resin-bonded bridges - Made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings are bonded to your existing teeth with little or no tooth reduction required.


We shape the teeth so that, they will be the same size and shape as a normal tooth when the artificial bridge is fitted, The time this takes will depend on the amount of damage, if any to the supporting teeth, the number of teeth to be prepared and the size of the bridge.

We may need to make a supportive core first, either directly onto a tooth or by placing a peg inside it. An exact impression is taken of what remains of the supporting teeth or implants, if used, so that a dental technician can make the bridge.

Whilst the bridge is being made, which normally takes about two weeks, a temporary bridge made of plastic may be fitted. You can bite on a temporary bridge but it is not as strong as the finished one. During the bridge fitting stage, we may need to make small adjustments to make sure you comfortable with it, it is then cemented into place. We will then show you the best way of keeping your bridge clean.

Benefits
1. Most bridges let you almost forget that you have missing teeth.

2. A bridge can be made to match the colour of your own teeth and so blend into the rest of your smile. Helping to improve the way you look, eat and speak.
 
3. If you look after you teeth and gums well they can last for many years.
 
4. The remaining teeth in your mouth will be able to bite correctly and are therefore protected from wear and tear, and from moving or tilting out of line.


Alternatives
A removable partial denture.  

Dental implants.
 
These may be a better option if the supporting teeth for the bridge are not strong enough.
 
Also, a temporary partial denture may be advised, if you have had teeth removed recently and the bone and gums need to heal up before a well fitting bridge can be made.
 

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