The bridge is attached to natural teeth on either side of the gap with false teeth attached in the middle to fill the gap.
At Maida Vale Dental, we will offer advice to you on the most suitable type of bridge for you and any alternative options. When a traditional bridge is decided upon, the teeth on either side of the gap are prepared. This is so enough enamel is removed to receive two crowns. The crowns act as the anchor to keep the bridge in place and add strength to the supporting teeth.
An impression will then be taken, and the bridge will be colour-matched to your own teeth. A temporary bridge can then be worn while waiting for the final version. Once the permanent bridge is ready it is checked and adjusted before being cemented in place.
While the traditional bridge described above is the most common, there are different types of bridges available, and your dentist will be able to assess which type of bridge is best for you. A Maryland bridge bonds ceramic or metal ‘wings’ from the prosthetic tooth to strong adjacent teeth, avoiding the need for crowns. A Cantilever bridge is attached to a tooth on just one side of a gap.
It’s important to brush and floss regularly and have regular check-ups to protect your bridge to keep it and the surrounding teeth and gums healthy.