At Heronsgate Dental Centre we offer a wide range of options for all your restorative needs. We also know that sometimes these options can be confusing, so our dentists will always be happy to spend time discussing all the possible options available to you, making sure that your treatment is just right for you, every time.
What is a bridge, and why are they needed?
Bridges are one of the ways in which missing teeth can be replaced. They are essentially a false tooth which is bonded to either crowns or metal bands which attach to the teeth on either side of the gap. As well as for cosmetic reasons, it is often important to replace missing teeth in some way as teeth on either side of the gap may begin to ‘grow’ into the gap, altering your bite and placing strain upon your other teeth. Gaps also provide a place for food to become lodged, increasing the chance of tooth decay or gum disease.
How are bridges made, and what are they made from?
As with crowns and dentures, the process of making a bridge involves a series of appointments. At your first appointment, your Heronsgate Dental Centre clinician will discuss all your possible treatment options, and will run through the respective benefits and weakness of each. Bridges can made from a variety of materials. They are usually made from a precious metal base which makes them hard wearing and solid. If the gap is within the smile line, porcelain is also used to ensure a natural look.
Once you have decided upon a bridge as your course of treatment, impressions will be taken, and these will be sent to our specialist dental laboratory, chosen for their skill and experience, where your bridge will be prepared by GDC registered dental technicians. When your bridge has been completed and returned to Heronsgate Dental Centre it will be fitted by your clinician who will adjust the bridge until it fits just right. You will also be given instruction on how to care for your bridge. With good care, and if the supporting teeth remain structurally sound, bridges can often last for between 10 and 15 years.