A dental bridge is a type of fixed prosthesis used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by connecting an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth or implants.
As the name suggests, a bridge spans the area where the teeth are missing. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. The teeth or implants supporting the bridge are known as abutments.
Depending on the type of bridge, these natural abutment teeth may have to be reduced in size so that the bridge will be able to fit comfortably over them.
Typically, a dental bridge includes two or more crowns for the abutment teeth anchoring the bridge. The false tooth or teeth, known as pontics, lie in between these crowns. They can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or combinations of these.
Our dentists will take impressions of the abutment teeth or implants and the space between them. The impression is then used to create a mould for the bridge, which is fabricated in a dental laboratory.
Dental bridges can provide you with numerous benefits for your physical and emotional health. These include:
Getting dental bridges is a process that usually requires multiple trips to your dentist. During your first visit, your abutment teeth will be prepared for your dental bridge. Your dentist will remove a portion of the tooth enamel to create room for a crown to be placed over it.
Next, impressions of your teeth will be made. They’ll serve as a model from which a dental lab will create the bridge. Your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge while this is being done to help protect your exposed teeth and gums.
Your temporary bridge will be removed during your second visit, and your new bridge will be checked. If necessary, your dentist will make adjustments to achieve a proper fit.
Depending on your circumstances, your oral situation, and your dental bridge, you may require multiple visits to check the fit of the framework and the bite.
If your bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a few weeks to ensure that the fit is correct. Once your dentist is confident of this, the bridge will then be permanently cemented into place.
Most dental bridges will last for between 5 to 15 years, or even longer! With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, many fixed bridges last for over a decade.
To learn more about how the Hamilton Family Dental team can help you with your dental bridge needs, contact us at 07-9498492 or click here to book an appointment.