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A natural looking solution to fill the gap in your smile

Bridges are a secure and effective way to replace a missing tooth. They fit seamlessly into your smile, using dental crowns fitted over the adjacent teeth as strong support for a replacement tooth fixed in between. A bridge can boost your confidence by completing your smile, prevent alignment issues in your natural teeth and help you eat and speak with ease again.

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.

How are bridges made?

Initially, we examine your teeth and gums, ensuring they are healthy and checking the teeth on either side of the gap will provide strong support for the bridge. We also make sure you have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the treatment.

We prepare the abutment teeth for treatment by removing a layer of the natural enamel structure. We then take digital impressions and images of your teeth so your bridge can be custom made to our high standards. We fit you with a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth until your next appointment.

When your new bridge is ready, we invite you into the practice for the fitting. We remove your temporary bridge and check your final one for fit and appearance before fixing it into place using strong dental adhesive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are bridges expensive?

Although a bridge may seem costly it can be a wise investment that will give many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, it’s similar to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery.

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

How long will my bridge last?

If it is looked after properly, including keeping the surrounding natural teeth healthy for strong support, you can expect your bridge to last for over ten years. We can then arrange for a replacement to be created and fitted, or discuss your alternative options.

How do I eat with a fixed dental bridge?

Your bridge shouldn’t affect how you eat, and should indeed make it easier, as it gives you a full set of teeth once more. The bridge is fixed in place and will not move as you bite or chew. It is important you remember to clean your bridge thoroughly, particularly after eating, to avoid gum disease and decay developing.

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