It is a precision made and now usually computer generated section of porcelain that looks exactly like teeth that replaces missing or lost teeth by suspending a false tooth from the natural teeth on either side of the space. A bridge can restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help keep your teeth in their proper position and bite. If a tooth is lost and not replaced, the teeth each side of the gap can drift, and the tooth below may grow up and move out of the correct bite. Older styles of bridges have a metal framework that supports the porcelain.
A bridge uses a framework which is attached to healthy teeth either side of the gap where the new crown spans or ‘bridges’ the area completing the smile. The adjacent teeth need to be re-shaped and the bridge is bonded to these.
- Usually a straight forward process
- Completed in 2 appointments
- Non-surgical solution for a missing tooth
- Usually made out of zirconia, they are all ceramic and metal free, and extremely strong
- They look just like real teeth
- Warranty against fracture for 5 years
- Adjacent teeth need to be altered, which may make healthy teeth susceptible to problems in the future
- Cost of replacement in 10-15 years.
- Costly, they are made with a master ceramist for 2 weeks and require temporary crowns while this is being made in the laboratory
- They require diligent home care, and cleaning daily underneath them with superfloss or floss threaders, and regular checks ups and professional cleans to monitor them