Dental Bridges from Confidental Clinic

A Dental Bridge involves using the tooth or teeth next to the gap to replace the lost tooth. Dental Bridges can restore aesthetics & function by replacing missing teeth. They are quick to construct, in just 2 visits you can replace the gap with a tooth. They can also maintain the shape of your face and prevent surrounding teeth drifting out of position.

There are various designs of Dental Bridges available and your Dental Surgeon at Confidential Clinic, Clapham Junction, Battersea will discuss these options with you and advise you which type will best suit your needs.

Resin Bonded Bridges or Maryland Bridges have metal wings either side of the false tooth. These are cemented on the back surface of the supporting teeth. Resin Bonded Bridges are the most conservative of Dental Bridges as they do not involve removing tooth structure to the supporting teeth. The false tooth (pontic) is matched to your surrounding teeth in length, structure and shade, making it blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

Fixed Bridges are stronger in support & maintaining function. They involve preparing the supporting teeth (abutments) for crowns and the false tooth (pontic) replacing the gap is fixed in between the crowns. Fixed bridges are ideal if you wish to improve the aesthetics of your teeth or existing crown either side of the gap. There are various types of materials which are used to construct the units of the bridge.

Type of materials for Dental Bridges Available:

  • Zirconia
    Meets the highest standards in both aesthetics and function. Zirconia is a very strong metal free substance which can be used anywhere in the mouth, able to withstand pressure of biting on the front teeth and chewing with the molar teeth.
  • EMAX
    EMAX is highly regarded as a bridge restoration. It is formed of lithium disilicate glass ceramic which is translucent, durable and strong. EMAX is a composition which was specifically designed to replicate natural teeth in both aesthetics and strength.
  • All Porcelain
    Pure porcelain gives the natural translucent appearance desired for restorations. Mostly used for treatment on front teeth due to their aesthetic value.
  • Gradia
    Most cost effective of the metal free crowns. They are strong and have high-wear resistance. Due to their metal free composition they are more naturally aesthetic than bonded metal crowns.
  • Porcelain Bonded to Metal
    The substructure is made of metal and porcelain is then bonded to the outer surfaces. These crowns are strong and robust therefore ideal for restorations on patients who present with heavy bites.

Procedure

You will require an initial assessment and consultation to determine the need for bridge restoration and discuss your options available. During the assessment, your Dental Surgeon may take pre-treatment photos and radiographs. In some cases, mainly for front teeth bridge restorations, your dentist may suggest a diagnostic wax up. This involves taking impressions and constructing study models of the teeth. A layer of wax is then placed over the intended prepared (abutment) teeth on the models including the false tooth (pontic), demonstrating the proposed restorations allowing you to view the intended treatment plan.

For fixed bridges, the supporting teeth (abutments) are prepared, which involves removing the outer layer of the tooth and leaving a stable core. Impressions are then taken and sent to the laboratory to hand make the bridge restoration according to your individual prescription. This usually takes 10 to 14 days. During this time, you will have a temporary bridge in place so the prepared teeth will be protected and aesthetically, you will not be left with a gap.

Once the bridge has been constructed, the temporary bridge is removed and the teeth and area are cleaned. Your dentist will place the custom made bridge, examine the fit, occlusion and appearance with you ensuring you are content with the final result before cementing in place.

FAQ:

Why should I replace missing Teeth?

Replacing missing teeth is not only aesthetically appealing, it also helps with function and prevents surrounding teeth drifting. Having a missing tooth also puts extra pressure on remaining teeth which can weaken them.

Will I be left with a gap between appointments?

No, following the preparation appointment, your Dental Surgeon will construct a temporary bridge to cement in place until your laboratory bridge is fitted. The temporary bridge will protect the prepared teeth (if proceeding with a fixed bridge) and be aesthetically pleasing also.

How do I take care of my bridge restoration?

It is important to adhere to a good oral hygiene regime, ensuring daily interdental aids are used. You will also need to clean underneath the false (pontic) tooth. Your Dentist or hygienist will advise of you of the most effective products and techniques.
Even though the restoration itself will not decay, the gum line will need to be kept free of bacteria & debris to prevent gum disease. Ensuring a good dental hygiene regime will promote your restoration in appearance and longevity.

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