What are bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance which is a solution for replacing missing teeth.
There are several different types of bridges, your dentist at US Dental will advise you which is the most suitable for you.
The most popular type is made of porcelain fused to metal - known as the ‘traditional bridge’. This type of bridge consists of two crowns fixed over two anchoring teeth and they are attached to artificial teeth which will fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
Your bridge is likely to last for many years however, is likely to need replacing or refixing at some point in the future.
Why might you need a fixed bridge?
Your dentist at US Dental will recommend you have a dental bridge if you need:
To stop remaining teeth from moving out of position
To restore chewing and speaking ability
To fill any spaces from missing teeth
To maintain facial shape
To upgrade from removable partial denture
How do you get a fixed bridge?
You would normally visit your dentist two or three times to get a fixed bridge.
Your dentist will numb your teeth and the two neighbouring teeth are prepared by having a portion of the enamel removed to make room for a crown.
A mould is then made which is sent to the laboratory so the bridge can be crafted.
You will receive a temporary bridge which you will have for several weeks.
Your permanent bridge will be cemented on your second visit. Occasionally your dentist will just cement the bridge temporarily so your teeth and surrounding tissue will get used to the new bridge. The permanent bridge will be cemented at a later time.
Your US Dental dentist will advise you how to best care for your bridge which will include proper brushing, flossing and regular visits to us.