What is a bridge?
A bridge is used as a means to replace a missing tooth. This can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth.
How Are Bridges Made?
After a thorough clinical examination and radiographs of the neighbouring teeth. An appointment is made for the preparation.
At the preparation appointment the teeth either side of the missing tooth are reduced (usually under local anaesthesia) followed by an impression of the prepared teeth.
The preparation of the teeth is required to provide space for the bridge to be fitted onto the supporting teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. A temporary bridge is fitted onto the prepared teeth.
At the next appointment the temporary bridge is removed and the completed bridge is tried in. This is to check the fit, harmony with the bite and appearance. Finally the bridge is cemented onto the prepared supporting teeth with dental cement.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.