Bridges replace one or more missing teeth, by fixing the replacement teeth to the surface of the natural teeth each side of the gap - to bridge the gap. They may also be fitted to crowns at each side of the bridge. They can help correct bite issues and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position into the empty space.
Bridges are usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
They can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both. The colour can be matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure they blend in and look natural.
Can I always have a bridge fitted to replace missing teeth?
Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way for you to replace missing teeth.
How to care for your Dental Bridge following the fitting.
Additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is kept clean and providing there is no accidental damage, a bridge can last for many years. Your dentist or dental hygienist will recommend an appropriate home care regime.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or dental hygienist will show the most effective techniques to do this.
Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?
It can take up to 6 months for the gums to heal properly after an extraction. In most cases, you may need to wait at least 3 months after an extraction, before a bridge is fitted. Your dentist will be able to advise you on this, and suggest any temporary treatment available to fill the gap in your teeth whilst you wait.
Crowns can be used to cover and protect damaged or weak teeth
They can also improve the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth