Dental bridges offer an excellent solution for missing teeth. They will fill unsightly gaps, strengthen weakened teeth and improve both your bite and your smile.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns that fit to teeth on either side of a gap created by loss of a tooth. These crowns serve as anchors and carry a replacement tooth in-between supporting this replacement tooth or teeth, and in certain cases reducing the susceptibility of remaining teeth to decay and gum disease.
Why might I need a bridge?
A bridge is a replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is a good solution if you have one or two missing teeth and if the teeth either side of the gap would benefit from a crown. It is also effective if your missing teeth are all on one side of your mouth. It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent your remaining teeth from drifting into the empty space, as well as restoring the appearance of your smile and effectiveness of your bite.
How is a bridge fitted?
Your Mullan Gallagher dentist will examine your teeth and jaw at your first appointment to evaluate the best course of action. If you have strong enough teeth with good bone support a bridge could be a great option to restore the space, if the teeth either side of a gap are intact and unrestored an implant is likely to be a better option.
An impression is taken of your mouth, from which a plaster model will be built of your teeth and gums to enable your dentist to understand how your teeth bite together.
Appointment one: Once the bridge design has been planned, the teeth either side of the gap will be reduced in size to fit the fixings and accommodate the bridge comfortably then a second impression of your teeth is taken, sent to the laboratory where a skilled dental technician builds a bridge that looks natural and matches your mouth exactly. The bridge will be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both, and the replacement tooth that’s fixed between your bridge will be colour-matched to the rest of your teeth. While your bridge is being made, your dentist may fit a temporary bridge or crown to protect the exposed gum and teeth.
Appointment two: When the bridge is ready, it will be fitted carefully, who will make sure it is comfortable before it is fixed in place.
How do I look after my bridge?
You will need to clean your bridge and the false tooth or teeth it supports every day. Your hygienist will show you how to use an interdental brush or special floss to ensure your bridge is thoroughly clean. To prevent damage, it is best to avoid chewing hard foods and ice. By taking good care of your bridge, you can ensure it will last for many years.