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Information for Patients - Bridges.

Normal Bridge

Normal Bridge

When a tooth or teeth are missing, they can be restored by placing crowns on the teeth next to the gap onto which false teeth are fixed. A bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed by the patient. It should be looked after like natural teeth and the hygienist will demonstrate the use of floss to enable you to look after it correctly.

Bridges are used to:

  • Improve appearance
  • Improve function and chewing efficiency
  • Prevent adjacent teeth from drifting and tilting, and the opposing tooth from growing into the space, causing problems with the bite
  • Prevent food impaction which can result in gum disease and future tooth loss
  • Improve speech

There are several types of bridge.

A conventional bridge can be constructed from metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. These bridges involve removing tooth tissue, or a previous restoration and replacing it with a crown or inlay. This may be destructive of tooth tissue and can be time consuming. Implants are frequently used as an alternative to bridges to avoid tooth preparation.

A minimal preparation bridge can be used in certain circumstances as an excellent alternative, as it involves attaching the artificial tooth or teeth via a metal plate to the minimally prepared inner surface of adjacent teeth. These can only be used when the adjacent teeth have sufficient intact enamel and when the occlusion (bite) is favourable. These bridges are often referred to as “Maryland”, “Rochette”, “Adhesive” (“sticky”), or “resin bonded” bridges. Minimal preparation bridges have an increased tendency to become detached.

Implant Bridge

Implant Supported Bridge

Implant supported bridge. In many situations, a dental implant can support more than one tooth unit. In this case, the bridge is either cemented or screwed to the implants below. The number of implants needed to support the bridge depends on many factors. There are always many alternatives to restore a missing tooth or teeth. The advantages and disadvantages of the varying options are explained to our patients who are always part of the treatment planning process.

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