Reasons for fitting dental bridges
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Although partial dentures can be used, if only one or two teeth are missing, and your remaining teeth are strong and have good bone support, your dentist will normally suggest a bridge.
Fitting a fixed bridge
A fixed bridge is created by holding a false tooth in place with crowns on the teeth at either side. Several visits will be required, firstly to make an impression of the gap and prepare the teeth to be crowned. This involves removing most of the outer surface of the teeth so that the crowns can be fitted. Temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth until the bridge is ready.
The bridge will then be created and you will need to come back to have it fitted. The crowns will be bonded into place with very strong adhesive, holding the false tooth between them in the gap. Your teeth will look natural and straight, will be well supported, and the risk of decay and gum disease will be greatly reduced.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is an adhesive bridge. An adhesive bridge has wings which are attached to the back of the supporting teeth with strong adhesive. Adhesive bridges require much less removal of the neighbouring teeth. Another alternative way to support a bridge is with dental implants.
Looking after your bridge
You must clean your fixed bridge every day, as with your natural teeth, including the area underneath the false tooth. When your dentist fits your bridge, they will show you how to use a bridge needle or floss to clean under the tooth, as a normal toothbrush will not reach.