Bridges at Abbey House Dental
A dental bridge can transform a space by giving you a fixed option.
When you have a tooth missing you there may be several options to replace it, one of those could be a bridge. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to drift into the spaces causing areas which are difficult to clean and therefore at a higher risk of needing further treatment due to decay. We would need to do a thorough assessment of your surrounding teeth to assess whether a bridge would be a suitable option for you.
A bridge is a fixed option to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth either side the space are prepared from crowns but these two crowns are fused together by a tooth (called a pontic) which will replace the missing tooth, therefore ‘bridging’ the gap! Filling the space will help to aid function and help to maintain the health of the surrounding teeth.
If you have recently had a tooth removed, the healing process can take up to six months, we would recommend a temporary denture during this period. A bridge can be made once the healing has completed, this will give a more pleasing fit and a longer lasting bridge.
Bridges are normally made of porcelain like a crown, and usually have a metal base inside to give them the strength for normal function. After your bridge has been fitted we will show you how to clean around it, giving it a much longer life span.
There may be other options available to replace missing teeth. Have a look at our denture or implant sections… There are three different types of bridge that we can provide.
Maryland bridge – Was first developed at the University of Maryland and is often used to bridge a gap between the front teeth. It consists of a pontic, made from porcelain which is fused to a metal framework, this takes the form of two ‘wings’ which appear each side of the pontic. and bonded to your natural teeth.
Traditional fixed bridge -This involves the fixing of a pontic between two porcelain crowns which are fastened to your natural teeth or dental implants. The pontic can be made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal and cannot be removed by the patient.
Cantilever bridge – These are an option where there is a natural tooth on just one side of the gap. This involves the fixing of a pontic to a porcelain crown, which is fastened to your natural tooth or dental implants. The pontic can be made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal and cannot be removed by the patient.
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Your bridge will be bespokely made for you in our specialist dental laboratory, this normally takes around 2 weeks so your new improved smile could be closer than you think.
This really depends on each individual. We will need to assess lots of aspects before we can recommend a certain type of bridge, this will mainly depend on the position of the crown and the condition of the surrounding teeth as they will need to support some of the bridge options.
Yes, this may take longer than a non implant bridge but implants provide a stable and reliable support for a bridge.
Give the practice a call and we will arrange a consultation to discuss your expectations and arrange the appointments for you.