Whether you have lost a tooth through an accident or extraction, a bridge can fill the gap in your smile. Bridges work by using crowns slotted over the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth, as support. The replacement tooth then acts as a bridge between these two teeth.
Why have a bridge?
- Prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of position, causing alignment issues
- Protects the otherwise vulnerable gums
- Closes gaps in your smile, increasing confidence
- A more secure alternative to dentures
- Can be used in combination with implants to restore more than one missing tooth
What does the treatment involve?
We will first examine your mouth, making sure that the teeth that will support the bridge are healthy and strong. We then prepare these teeth and take impressions so your bridge can be custom-made for you.
We will provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth between your appointments. Once your bridge is ready, we will check and adjust it to ensure a perfect and accurate fit before fixing it into place with strong dental adhesive.
Looking after your bridge
Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure the longevity of your bridge. It is important to clean under the false tooth, as well as brushing and flossing regularly. If your bridge is well looked after, and the surrounding teeth kept healthy, it should last for many years.