A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth.
It is a fixed option (stays permanently in your mouth) for replacing the gap.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The classic bridge consists of two crowns on the teeth either side, attached via a pontic, or “dummy tooth” in the middle.
What can I expect once I have made the decision to go ahead with bridgework?
During this visit we firstly numb the area to be worked on.
The appointment generally lasts 90 minutes depending on the number of teeth that need to be prepared. Impressions are taken together with a shade of the neighbouring teeth (this is done in order to match the colour of the bridgework as close as possible to your natural teeth).
Provisional crowns are then constructed which will be placed over the prepared teeth (provisional crowns protect your teeth in the interim while we wait for the dental technician to hand-craft a custom bridge to fit precisely over your natural teeth).
The provisional crowns are firstly removed. The supporting teeth are then cleaned and the bridge is tried in the mouth for fit, colour and comfort.
Once all the parameters are met, the bridge is permanently cemented onto the teeth.
It takes about 24 hours for the dental cement to fully set, so you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for 24 hours.