Dental Bridges or sometimes described as a ‘fixed partial denture’ is a porcelain dental prosthesis that is attached to a prepared tooth, teeth or implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A simple ‘3 tooth bridge’ consists of two porcelain crowns either side of the gap, with a porcelain false tooth rigidly attached between them.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Fixed replacement for missing tooth / teeth
- Replaces removable partial dentures with a more permanent alternative (provided healthy teeth or implants are present either side of the toothless space(s))
- Can help restore and improve function, eating and speech
- Improves cosmetic appearance
- Improved sense of taste
- Stable and rigid when compared to a removable partial denture
- Feels natural in the mouth
- Tooth supported dental bridges require no surgery
Usually 2 visits. At the first appointment, the teeth or implants are prepared for the bridge. Impressions of the teeth or implants are taken and sent to the laboratory where the new teeth will be made. You may need to meet our dental ceramists to enable them to see the rest of your teeth and accurately match the new porcelain teeth to the correct shape, contour and colour of your existing teeth. A temporary acrylic prosthesis will most likely be made to protect prepared teeth and cemented in place using a temporary cement. This remains in place whilst the final permanent teeth are being made. A temporary prosthesis is rarely required for implants, unless ‘soft tissue / gum shaping and contouring’ is required prior to the delivery of your new permanent bridge.
At the second visit, if present, the temporary prosthesis is removed, the abutment teeth are thoroughly cleaned and your bridge is tried in. If the bridge fits well and you are happy with its appearance, shape and the colour of the porcelain, it is either permanently cemented onto the prepared teeth or ‘screwed down’ onto the implants to hold it in place.