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Why Would You Need a Dental Bridge?

If you have a missing tooth or one that requires an extraction, then a dental bridge may be an option to replace the gap in your mouth. So, what is a dental bridge and why would you need one?

Dental bridges restore the look of your smile by replacing the missing tooth with one that looks just as natural as your own.  One of the main reasons you might need a dental bridge is if you have one or more missing teeth in your mouth. In addition, dental bridges can restore and maintain proper chewing, biting and speaking and can also maintain your usual bite and shape of your face. By placing a false tooth in a space where a tooth is missing, it can also stop other teeth from drifting or shifting, which can change your bite completely- and may cause future problems.

Types of Dental Bridges

A Traditional dental bridge is a ‘set’ of teeth which create a bridge over the space where a tooth is missing. A false tooth (which is known as a pontic) is attached to a dental crown that is secured to the adjacent tooth (known as an abutment). The false tooth remains securely attached to the crowns on either side and there is no need to remove this appliance as it is cemented in the mouth.

A Maryland bonded bridge consists of a metal framework with “wings” on each side of the ‘false’ tooth. The wings are bonded to the back of your existing teeth.

A cantilever bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing.

An Inlay Retained Bridge is one of the most less invasive types of bridges. This involves prepping the cavities in the adjacent teeth so that only the unhealthy dentine is removed. The porcelain fillings are attached to the fake tooth and then cemented in the prepped cavities within the mouth.

How long does it take to make a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are typically completed in two surgery visits. On your first visit, the adjacent tooth/teeth are prepared and filed down so that the new dental crowns will sit over them nicely. Impressions are then taken so that the permanent dental bridge is of high quality and fits to your mouth exactly. A temporary bridge will be made and will be cemented onto your teeth whilst the permanent bridge is being made. A shade taking will also be carried out, so you and the dentist can approve the colour and match your natural teeth perfectly.

During the second visit, the dentist will simply remove the temporary bridge from the adjacent teeth and attach the permanent dental bridge. Any adjustments will be made and you will be left with a beautiful natural looking bridge.

What are Dental Bridges Made out of?

At Ferry dental we work with Laboratories who provide only top quality materials. We provide two types of dental bridges – porcelain bonded and all ceramic.

Porcelain bonded bridges are bridges made from precious metal and coated with a layer of porcelain, to present the colour of a natural tooth. This material is durable and least likely to pop-off or fracture because of its strong metal material. This type of material is usually used to restore back teeth, where the forces of chewing and grinding are strongest, however this is not always the case.

All ceramic bridges are tooth coloured made out of porcelain alone. As well as having excellent aesthetics, they are also very strong and are more durable than Maryland bridges. This type of material is used mostly for front teeth where the need for appearance is critical.

What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?

Compared to dental Bridges, implants require a more invasive procedure and the choice between the two options should be weighed based on your individual needs. A dental implant acts as a ‘fake’ tooth root, in which a crown can then be placed on top afterwards.

What is the difference between a bridge and a denture?

A denture is a removable appliance and unlike a bridge it is not cemented in the mouth. Dentures require suction in order for the patient to keep the appliance in their mouth and this is why all of the palate is covered by the denture material. Bridges ,on the otherhand, are cemented in the mouth and do not require this.