Dental Bridges

A dental bridge consists of a false tooth that is held in place using crowns or a wing, which are joined together to “bridge” a gap in your teeth. A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance which makes them a convenient, long-lasting solution to tooth loss.

Dental Bridges

What are the Benefits of Dental Bridge Treatment?

Dental bridges not only restore the aesthetics of one’s smile but also offer several other benefits. They help in evenly distributing the bite forces by replacing missing teeth, and preserving the integrity of existing teeth by preventing them from drifting out of position. Furthermore, bridges can assist in the proper pronunciation of words that might otherwise be affected by gaps, and they also restore the ability to chew food efficiently. By supporting the facial structures such as the cheeks and lips, a dental bridge can even aid in maintaining the shape of one’s face, preventing potential sagging in the area of missing teeth.

Placement of implants can be undertaken with local anaesthetic but for particularly anxious patients, we provide sedation services.

Dental Bridges

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental bridges come in several types, including traditional bridges (where crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap with an artificial tooth, in between), cantilever bridges (used when there’s only one adjacent tooth to the gap), Maryland bonded bridges (which involve metal or porcelain wings bonded to the adjacent teeth), and implant-supported bridges (where bridges are anchored to dental implants).

If looked after well, dental bridges can last up to 15 years, and in some cases even longer. The lifespan largely depends on oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups.

While dental bridges are designed to be durable, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, paying special attention to the area under the bridge. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings, along with avoiding hard or chewy foods that might damage the bridge, are also recommended.

The procedure for placing a dental bridge is typically done under local anaesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort during the process. Some patients might experience slight sensitivity or soreness after the procedure, but this usually subsides within a few days.

Initially, there might be a brief adjustment period as you get accustomed to the bridge. However, dental bridges are designed to replicate the function of natural teeth, so they typically improve speech and eating capabilities, especially if these were previously affected by missing teeth.