A bridge is a fixed restoration which replaces a missing tooth.
One or two natural teeth on either side of the gap will secure the fake tooth in place.
There are two types of bridges:
2. Minimal Preparation Bridges.
Conventional bridges require the tooth to be prepared all around to create space (just like with a crown). They are the more retentive type of bridge but at a loss of natural tooth tissue.
Modern practice dictates that we try to preserve as much natural tooth tissue as possible. If it is feasible it may be decided that the more conservative Resin Retained Bridges can be provided.
The bridge does not require any preparation, but instead relies on the strong bond between the wing of the bridge and the tooth it is bonded to.
What does it involve?
1. An impression (mould) of the teeth is taken.
2. This is sent to our specialised laboratory technician, who makes the bridge with the correct shape and shade chosen by the dentist, patient and the technician together.
3. The bridge is tried in and bonded to the tooth in the surgery.
How long will my treatment take?
This treatment usually takes a minimum of 2 appointments.
How long do these bridges last?
Their longevity is generally 7 years. If they are looked after and the correct advice is being followed, they can last for a lot longer.
If they de-bond, the benefit is that they can be treated and cemented back on the same day.