A bridge is one way to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is anchored to the teeth either side of the gap. A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. It is shade selected to match your surrounding teeth so it appears natural.
How is it done?
There are two appointments required for a bridge.
At the initial visit, the teeth either side of the gap are prepared by reducing them down in size by approximately 1-2mm from around the circumference and biting surface. An impression is taken of the area and is sent to our dental laboratory for the construction of the bridge. Temporary caps are placed over these prepared teeth while we wait the two weeks for the next appointment.
The second appointment involves removing the temporaries and trying in the bridge. If the colour and fit are correct, the bridge is cemented in place permanently.
There is a small risk that the nerve inside the natural teeth at either side of the gap may die, as is the case when teeth sustain any type of disturbances. If nerve death does occur, a Root Canal Filling would need to be performed.
If the bridge ever dislodges, it means the cement has broken down. We then simply re-cement the bridge.
There is a future risk of fracture of either a tooth root or the tooth core. Different options are available depending on the depth of the fracture and condition of remaining root.
A conservative estimate is 10 years. The life of any dental restoration is lengthened with diligent home care maintenance.
In addition to conscientious home care including brushing every morning and night, flossing once a day and regular six monthly check-ups, you will be supplied with a specific type of floss to clean under the bridge.