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Dental Bridge

Do you have a missing tooth or are you in need of a tooth removal due to damage or decay? Are you wondering how you’ll be able to regain function and appearance in your mouth in the future?

If so, a dental bridge could be the answer. This well-established and highly successful type of fixed restoration makes use of the neighbouring teeth either side of a gap- using them as anchors to hold a manufactured crown firmly in place.

Dental bridges are usually made from metal but if necessary, porcelain can be bonded to the base for a more natural finish.

The cost of a dental bridge

A dental bridge can be expensive but do remember that its’ design and manufacture will be lengthy and involved.

Tailor made for you a bridge takes significant skill and the procedure can take several weeks. You will require several appointments so that we can ensure your bridge fits comfortably, feels secure and looks very natural.

When fitted, your bridge will be strong and durable. With good care and regular maintenance it could last for over 15 years.

It’s also highly likely a bridge will help to prevent any future oral health issues that could arise in the future as a result of missing teeth.

For these reasons, many patients find that a dental bridge is a cost effective option compared to alternatives.

The benefits of a dental bridge

  • You will be able to smile and talk confidently
  • Feel free to eat a wider range of foods
  • Restore definition and shape to your face- supporting lips and cheeks
  • Protect your remaining teeth from movement or decay.

Fitting your dental bridge

At your initial consultation we can determine if a bridge is suitable for you.

Next, your abutment teeth (those on either side of the gap) will be prepared by removing the tooth enamel. This will allow your new crown to sit level with your existing teeth. This process will take place under a local anaesthetic to help prevent any discomfort.

When the abutment teeth are prepared, impressions will be taken. These impressions will be used to produce the bridge. If necessary, we can fit a temporary bridge to help while you wait for your new one.

Around a week later, your new dental bridge will be ready. At your fitting appointment we will check it for fit, bite and comfort. Once you are completely happy with it, we will fix it in place with a dental cement.

If required, we will book a subsequent check-up appointment so we can ensure you are comfortable and pleased with your bridge.

Getting used to your new dental bridge

It can take a little time to get used to your new dental bridge- but trust us, once you do it’s likely to make your life considerably easier.

If you find eating a little difficult then stick with a softer diet for a few days or weeks- introducing harder items slowly over time as you feel comfortable

You may struggle a little with the pronunciation of certain words. This is quite common and will quickly improve as you get used to the bridge. Keep practising those difficult words when you are at home alone.

If your bridge feels loose or uncomfortable at any time please contact us.

Looking after your bridge in the long-term

It’s important to look after your bridge just as you would the rest of your teeth.

A bridge has the potential to last for many years- but its success will depend on the health of your gums and especially those teeth holding it in place.

  • Brush teeth twice a day and floss.
  • Use a bridge needle to clean underneath your false tooth each day.
  • We advise that you visit the Dentist and Hygienist regularly for check-ups. This will allow us to pick up on any problems early.
  • Avoid a sugary diet which could damage tooth enamel or cause decay.
  • Be careful when eating very hard foods which could damage your bridge.

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