Restore missing teeth with a dental bridge
When you have one or more missing teeth, one option for treatment is to have a dental bridge fitted. It is essentially a false tooth or teeth that can be affixed to remaining healthy teeth, or to a dental implant. Good bridgework will appear to be coming from the gum just like a real tooth. Dental bridges help support the health of your existing teeth and bite.
How dental bridges work
A bridge is essentially a false tooth (or false teeth) but usually looks more realistic than dentures and is more comfortable in the long term. Bridges are usually made out of porcelain and are crafted specifically for each individual’s mouth. In your first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth, which are then used to make your unique bridge.
What are the different types of bridge?
Our specialised dentists offer several types of dental bridge. Firstly, there is the traditional fixed dental bridge, which is fused with a porcelain crown on each side. These crowns are attached to healthy teeth, holding the bridge in place.
Another form of bridge is the cantilever bridge, which is only fixed to a crown on one side. This is slightly weaker than the traditional bridge and is used in areas that are under less stress, such as the front teeth. The benefit of this kind of bridge is that fewer teeth have to be treated.
To avoid treating any healthy teeth, there is also the option of a resin-bonded bridge, which is secured with metal ‘wings’ that bond securely to the teeth on either side. This form of bridge can only be used on the front teeth.
Lastly, there is the option of an implant-supported bridge. This is ideal for when many teeth are missing. The implants are fixed directly onto the bone of the jaw and a bridge attached between them. This kind of bridge can be fitted even if you have no teeth at all, and is a better solution than dentures.
Dental bridge vs dental implant
An implant is the metal ‘root’ that is fixed to the bone of the jaw. These ‘roots’ can have an individual crown attached to each one, or fewer implants can be fixed at intervals and have bridgework between them. One reason for having bridgework between the implants is if you have lost a very large number of teeth. To have your whole mouth fixed with individual implants and crowns could become very costly.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
As with all dental treatments it comes down to your personal needs, so if you’re in doubt, just ask us one of our friendly dentists for advice, we are always here to help. Make an appointment at Station Square Dental so we can help find the best solution to get you smiling again.