What Is A Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a type of restoration we use to effectively “bridge a gap” in the mouth.

Why Would I Need A Dental Bridge?

In short, if you have missing teeth, then a bridge may be a suitable solution for you. They are not only suitable for the obvious aesthetic reasons of replacing the missing teeth, but will also make it easier for you to enjoy your food again. When you lose teeth it can cause you to change your eating habits quite drastically and can lead to tmj issues, especially if you overload a particular side with chewing (overusing those muscles).

This patient was told she had a failing bridge. She really didn’t want a denture and wanted a fixed replacement. Removal of the failing bridge and replacement with an implant-retained bridge gave a functional result that was natural-looking.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

In some types of bridges, crowns will be placed on the teeth either side of the gap. These are used to anchor in your new bridge for stability. Your new teeth will form the middle part of the bridge, are called pontics, and these can be made from a variety of different materials (depending on needs).

Depending on your exact needs, there may be a number of suitable solutions to replace your missing teeth:

  • Implant retained bridge – these are similar to the typical bridge mentioned above, but the main difference being that they are secured in place by dental implants
  • Partial dentures – a denture can be made to partially replace missing teeth and will be custom made to fit around your remaining teeth.

In the first instance we will always assess your mouth and give you all the suitable options available so you can make the best decision to meet your needs.

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