A bridge is commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth surrounding the space, these teeth are called abutments. A crown will be placed onto the abutment with a replacement tooth (pontic) attached to the crown.
Before a bridge is made, the tooth/teeth must be reduced in size so that the bridge will fit over the abutment tooth properly. When your tooth is prepared for a bridge it will usually be done using local anaesthetic, although if you have had the abutment tooth root treated this is not necessary but can be used for comfort. Once your tooth is prepared the dentists will then take an impression of the upper or lower jaw for this to then be sent off to a laboratory so they can then make the bridge. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the bridge to be made at the laboratory and to be back with the dentist to then fit. For the 2 week period the dentist will make a temporary bridge for you.
A bridge can last for many years providing you take good care of your teeth. Once you have the bridge it will practically impossible to tell the difference from your natural teeth.
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This is the ideal solution and a great way to replace missing teeth.
It restores the function of your teeth like chewing and speaking properly.
Bridges are permanently fixed to prevent moving around.
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