Bridges

Q. What are dental bridges?
A. Dental bridges are used to replace areas or gaps where you have one or more missing teeth. There are two different types of bridge:

  1. A Fixed bridge
    A fixed bridge uses teeth that are present either side of the gap. Crowns are placed on the teeth either side of the gap, which are then connected together by a false tooth/teeth in the middle, closing the space.
     

  2. A Maryland bridge
    A Maryland bridge simply contains a false tooth with one or two metal wings for support that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth. No crowns are required.

Q. What are dental bridges made of?
A.

  • Bridges are made of porcelain which is bonded to metal, or:

  • We can offer a more natural, cosmetically pleasing bridge, made in a special type of strong porcelain, containing no metal at all.

Both of these options will be discussed with you at the time of your treatment. The cost of a dental bridge varies with the size and type of bridge you need or would like to have.

 

Q. How many dentist appointments will I need?

A. You will need at least two visits to Whitchurch Dental Practice when having a bridge. You may also need to come and see us beforehand to have your tooth/teeth removed in preparation for your new dental bridge.

 

Q. What else should I expect when I have a dental bridge?

A. After a tooth is removed we are very often asked what can be done instantly to fill the gap. We recommend a temporary bridge or denture for 3-6 months, which will allow the healing process to take place, resulting in your final bridge being a much better fit, shape and appearance.

 

The first visit includes preparing the supporting teeth, taking a series of impressions and shade taking. We will also record how your teeth bite together. It normally takes 1-2 weeks for a dental bridge to be designed and made. In the meantime a temporary bridge can easily be made for you.

The dental bridge itself will not decay but it’s important to clean and care for it, so that decay doesn’t start at the edge where it joins the natural tooth. Our dentist and hygienist will show you how to clean and care for your dental bridge.

A well cared for dental bridge will last for many years, especially if you’re having regular appointments with our hygienist.

Please call Whitchurch Dental Studio on 01948 661139 to arrange your FREE dental bridge consultation or contact us here

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