How are bridges made?

Before your bridge is made, the teeth acting as supports need to be prepared and a layer of enamel removed, so the crown and bridge can fit properly. We then take an impression of your teeth to provide an exact mould and ensure precision. We can also discuss with you the correct shade for your bridge to make sure it will be an exact colour match with your existing teeth.

A temporary bridge will be fitted to protect your prepared teeth until the permanent one is ready. The bridge will be created using a digital scanner at a dental lab. Once the custom-made, permanent bridge is ready, the temporary one is removed and the new one fixed into place using strong dental cement.

Dental impression
Making a dental bridge

How long do bridges last?

Bridges can last for up to 10 years, although can sometimes come loose or fall out. The best way to ensure the longevity of a bridge is to maintain excellent oral hygiene and keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is also important to attend regular dental check ups and hygiene appointments.

Fixed Bridges

As the name suggests, a fixed bridge is cemented into place and cannot be removed. It uses the teeth on either side of the gap for support. A fixed bridge can be completed in one visit, an instant replacement to complete your smile. The risks and benefits of fixed bridges will always be discussed with you at your initial appointment, along with the longevity and costs of dental treatment.

Fixed dental bridge
Maryland Bridge

Maryland Bridge

This is an ideal bridge for patients who want to replace a missing tooth but do not want any of your natural teeth drilled down. At Tracey Bell, we have used cantilever bridges for many years, needing only one existing tooth to be prepared for treatment, but the beauty of Maryland bridges is that they involve minimal tooth destruction. They are adhesively bonded to the adjacent teeth to complete your smile.

Cantilever Bridge

Quite simply, a cantilever bridge is identified as being supported on one side only. One of your existing teeth is drilled down and holds the artificial tooth in place. A cantilever bridge is used when the clinical situation allows, as the correct occlusion (bite), dentition, adhesion and the wishes of the patient are all important factors to consider to ensure success.

Cantilever Bridge

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