A dental bridge is a structure made of metal and porcelain that is attached to adjacent teeth. This is generally done by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the gap and then joining the two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the gap. The pieces are cemented into place to provide a permanent structure.
There are a number of different types of bridges and your dentist can advise as to which one is most appropriate for you. The choice of bridge will depend on which teeth are missing and where they are in your mouth. A bridge is normally only viable if you have enough strong teeth surrounding the gap and where you have good bone support.
It is very important to thoroughly clean your bridge and under the false tooth every day to prevent gum disease and bad breath. Your dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss to clean any area that your normal toothbrush can’t reach.
If a bridge is not suitable for you, then we can offer you a consultation to discuss Implants, which are a long term, natural looking and feeling solution for missing teeth.