For a more complete smile
Bridges are an effective way to restore your smile by replacing one or more missing teeth. A traditional bridge usually consist of a false tooth located between two crowns. They are often made from porcelain bonded to a precious metal base, making them both natural-looking and strong enough to function like real teeth.
These days, with new materials, dentists often recommend a resin-bonded bridge, especially if there is only one missing tooth, as it is less invasive than a traditional bridge. This type of bridge preserves more of the tooth used to support the bridge.
A bridge is a fixed restoration, which means it is not removable for cleaning. With a bridge, oral hygiene routines are important to keep the gums healthy.
As there are a variety of bridge types, your dentist will advise you which will be the most suitable and the least invasive.
How they help
- Enhance your smile
- Reduce the strain on the teeth either side of a gap
- Keep remaining teeth in place
- Improve how your teeth bite together
Looking after your bridge
Your bridge should prove to be a long-lasting restoration if you keep on top of your oral hygiene. Brush twice daily and clean between your teeth with floss or inter-dental brushes. You also need to pay close attention to the area underneath the false tooth.
You should see your dentist and hygienist regularly so they can assess the condition of your bridge and ensure you are using effective cleaning techniques.