Bridges replace a missing tooth or teeth by using one or more teeth on either side of the gap as the support thereby `bridging` the gap. The bridge is cemented in position and does not have to be removed unlike a denture.
A bridge is usually made from precious metal and porcelain.
Conventional bridgework involves reducing the outside of the supporting teeth for crowns. Impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and the bridge is made in the laboratory. A temporary bridge is fitted at the prepartion appointment and two/three weeks later the bridge can be fitted.
A cantilever bridge involves the preparation of only one tooth on one side and the replacement tooth is attached to this one tooth.
Adhesive bridges are stuck on to the adjacent teeth and involve only minimal preparation of the teeth. They do not involve cutting down of the teeth as is required for a conventional bridge.
Where a gap is too big to be bridged implants can be placed to support a bridge.
What are the benefits of bridgework ?
Bridges are fixed as opposed to dentures which are removable. This can be a very important psychological factor for many patients.
A bridge can improve appearance, chewing ability and sometimes speech. If it is well maintained a bridge can last for many years but much depends on the structure of the tooth/teeth still present under the crown. Smoking and sugary snacks are major problems for the supporting teeth.
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