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Is a missing tooth forcing you to chew on one side of your mouth?
A dental bridge could be just what you need.
As you can probably guess, a dental bridge is a bridge that replaces a missing tooth. This is fixed in place by one or two existing teeth on either side. The process of fitting a dental bridge is usually less intrusive than a dental implant procedure, and the cost tends to be lower. Remember though that the support teeth may require some preparation before a bridge can be fitted. A dental bridge can also replace teeth that are due to be removed.
We begin by preparing the support teeth so that the bridge can be attached. Once the bridge is in place, it will give the impression of three healthy teeth. Remember that a bridge can only be fitted if the patient has two healthy teeth on either side of the gap.
More about Dental Bridge
It is hard to estimate the price of a dental bridge because it depends on the condition of the support teeth. It is important to have a full dental examination with a dentist beforehand, to ensure your mouth is suitable for a dental bridge and that there is no evidence of gum disease or decay that needs to be treated first
Some patients don’t have the two healthy teeth required to support a normal bridge. These patients can opt for a dental implant bridge. This is an implant that carries out the function of the support tooth. It is an especially cost-effective solution for a three-tooth gap as a three-tooth bridge can be attached to a single dental implant, saving you the cost of three separate implants.
After you’ve had a dental check up and any required xrays have been taken, we’ll book you in for your bridge preparation appointment. This appointment usually takes around 30-45 minutes and involves preparation of the teeth on either side of the gap for the new bridge. We will then take an impression or a scan of your mouth, which our lab technicians use to create a bridge that is the perfect shape for your teeth. It takes about a fortnight for us to make the bridge, but we’ll give you a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime.
There are a few different options when it comes to dental bridges, so it’s a good idea to come in for a preliminary consultation. This allows us to x-ray your teeth and then talk you through your treatment options. We’ll help you to weigh up the pros and cons of the various procedures and then we’ll give you a bespoke treatment plan.
Dental bridges need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. If you’re looking for something more long-lasting, you should consider dental implants.
Dental Bridge - The Process
Dental Bridge Examination
You probably have a fairly good idea of the advantages of a dental bridge, but it’s still worth doing some research before you make your choice. The best approach is to come in for a check-up and ask us about bridges at the same time.
Dental Bridge Preparation
We’ll book you in for a one-hour session. During this first appointment, we’ll prepare your natural teeth for the dental bridge. At the same time, we’ll fill in the gap left by your missing tooth. While we’re doing this, our lab technicians will be busy creating your personalised dental bridge. This won’t be ready for about two weeks, but we’ll give you a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime.
Dental Bridge Fitting
As soon as your bridge arrives, we’ll invite you back for a quick half-hour appointment. 30 minutes is all it takes to replace the temporary bridge with your brand new, specially designed bridge.