Dental bridges are false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it’s anchored to the teeth at one, or both sides using metal bands held in place by resin or cement. They’re an alternative to dental implants for patients who don’t want to have surgery.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Gaps in your teeth can cause a lot of damage to the surrounding teeth, putting more pressure on them and sometimes straining the jaw. A dental bridge is used to solve this problem, usually by fixing a false tooth in the gap and using the natural teeth to hold it in place.
How are bridges made?
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and fit a bridge. During the first appointment the adjacent teeth are trimmed down slightly to accommodate their bridge. An impression is taken of the area and the bridge is custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist’s instructions. In this first appointment the dentist will also determine the right shade for your bridge and fit a temporary bridge until your new one is ready.
At your second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new one fitted. Your dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable and that you are happy with the appearance.
After your dental bridge
Following the placement of a bridge, there can be some soreness from the gum or perhaps slight sensitivity to hot and cold food & drinks but everything should be back to normal within a few days. The tooth may feel slightly strange because it is filling the gap that was present but that soon passes. Occasionally, the new teeth might feel a little high when you bite together and a returning visit to the dentist will allow minor corrections to be made.