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A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth placed over the gap of a missing tooth or teeth. Each dental bridge is custom-made to each individual's needs.
Dental bridges are made up of one or more artificial teeth most commonly used to fill a gap left by several missing teeth. They are connected by adjacent crowns and or dental implants and restore function to the teeth.
Bridges are made from metal, porcelain or ceramic, with ceramic being a popular choice for their natural aesthetic.
Our teeth are more prone to wear and tear as we age, but there are several reasons why you may have missing teeth. Gum disease, decay and injury are the most common factors, but bridges can resolve this by acting and looking like your natural teeth.
Dental bridges can help improve:
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Bridges come in four main varieties, and which one you receive will depend on your case.
Dental implant-supported bridge: Dental implants provide a solid foundation for dental bridges. The implants hold artificial teeth in place, allowing for a durable solution to missing teeth with no movement.
Traditional fixed bridge: Traditional bridges are held in place by adjacent crowns fitted onto existing natural teeth that support each side of the bridge.
Maryland dental bridge: Maryland or resin-bonded bridges use metal wings as a framework for the bridge. These are fused to the existing natural teeth on either side of the gap and connected to the bridge.
Cantilever bridge: Gaps with a tooth on only one side are often given a cantilever bridge. These connect to one abutment and are suitable for gaps at the back of the mouth.
The abutment or adjacent teeth need to be prepared if you receive a traditional fixed bridge. With dental implant bridges, the metal frames will need to be surgically inserted and then heal before we can attach the bridge.
To create the dental bridge, we will take digital impressions of your teeth to match the shape and colour. The final step is to fit the dental bridge and ensure it is comfortable.
Dental bridges look and function like natural teeth, which also need to be cared for like natural teeth. Regular hygiene and dental check-ups are essential for ensuring the longevity of your dental bridge.
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