At Cirencester Dental and Aesthetics we will recommend the best type of bridge for your individual need.
The main reason to have a dental bridge is to replace single or multiple missing teeth, the benefits to this are:
There are four types of bridge and at Cirencester Dental and Aesthetics your dentist will advise you on the most suitable type; taking into consideration comfort, longevity, and the health of the remaining teeth.
The choice of materials available when making a bridge is the same as when we make a crown, we will choose the most suitable material, taking into account your preference.
Bridge treatment normally requires two or three visits. During the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the gap are shaped for the support crown or wing. Then your dentist will take putty impressions of your teeth, record the colour of the teeth and the way they bite together. The impression details are then sent to our preferred Dental Laboratory where we usually expect a two week processing period before your new custom-made bridge is returned to us. In the interim, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect any exposed teeth and gums. If you had an existing denture then this would be worn as usual until the next visit.
We will schedule the second appointment for you to come in and have your bridge fitted. We check for a good fit onto the supporting teeth, that the appearance is satisfactory, and that it feels even when you bite together. If all is satisfactory, then your dentist will securely chemically bond the bridge into place using adhesive cement. If minor adjustments are required, your dentist may fix the bridge with temporary adhesive at first to confirm that the bridge fits properly, and then cement in permanently in place at a third and final visit. If major adjustments are required then we may need to return the bridge to the Dental Laboratory for re-finishing, and then check the fitting at a further visit.
With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, Dental Bridges can last upwards of 10-15 years. Because they are fixed in place, there is little danger of the bridge being accidentally dislodged during normal activities, but through wear and tear or direct trauma this can happen; in most cases we can re-attach the bridge onto the supporting teeth again. Like any fixed dental appliance, care must be taken to clean the area beneath and around the bridge to prevent plaque and tartar from trapping onto the neighbouring teeth and gums. We will show you the best way to take care of your new bridge so that the support teeth remain free of decay or gum disease, and stay healthy along with the rest of your smile.
If you are interested in learning more about Dental Bridges as a solution for missing teeth, our team are always happy to guide you.