Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between, and is supported by natural teeth or implants.
Q & A
Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?
It typically takes 3-6 months for the gums to heal properly after extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture for 3-6 months before the bridge is fitted.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth either side. Multiple\missing teeth can impair your ability to chew adequately. A gap can also mean your 'bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. Tilting of teeth can lead to food getting packed into the gaps and can cause decay and gum disease.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
Can I have teeth which attach to the jawbone?
Yes. By having implants. The success of this technique means you may be able to replace missing teeth without crowning other teeth. Our implants overview and further info explain this in detail. Remember that it's as important to care for your remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.