Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, traditionally porcelain is added over metal which can result in a metallic show. This can now be avoided with full porcelain bridges, which are highly aesthetic and are proven to have excellent strength, thanks to scientific advances in the study of ceramics. We at Lovesmile provide bridges using a wide range of materials including but not limited to E-Max, Cercon- Zirconia bridge by Dentsply and Lava- Zirconia bridge by 3M.
In a traditional fixed bridge, not only can you fill the space of the missing tooth, you can improve the colour and the shape of the teeth that you are crowning either side. Porcelain looks great, matches the natural teeth exceptionally well and is very resistant to staining.
A bridge is fixed in your mouth - you don't have to worry about taking it out to clean it like a denture.
If the teeth either side are heavily filled or broken down then by crowning these teeth as part of the bridge you are actually helping to strengthen them and replace your missing tooth at the same time.
Studies have shown that fixed bridgework, like individual crowns, is very predictable, durable and lasts a considerable length of time.
A bridge in general takes only a little longer than a single crown and once the decision to make a bridge has been made, it generally takes two appointments from start to finish. This is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or even a partial denture.
Implants require one or more surgical procedures to place the implant. You may also require bone grafting if you have insufficient natural bone available. For anyone who is unable to undergo implant surgery for medical reasons, it is a great fixed alternative.
If you are missing numerous teeth, you probably look at old photographs and wish you can have that smile back. This wish can become a reality.
Losing a few teeth may affect your bite. People often chew on one side if they are missing teeth on the opposite side. Over time, this may cause bite issues and even TMJ problems. Dental Bridges help you to distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.
Whenever a tooth is lost, the teeth around the space tend to shift, tilt, or drift into that space. A dental bridge would prevent undesired changes in the nearby teeth.
During speech, your tongue pushes against the back side of your upper teeth to achieve proper pronunciation. Missing teeth can quickly affect the way you talk.
Your facial musculature and your jaw bone may change over time if you are missing many teeth. Replacing lost teeth will help maintain your facial tone and prevent facial changes.
1. What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for missing tooth/teeth.
2. How is a bridge done?
Two adjacent teeth are prepared (shaped by filing down the tooth) to receive a crown, impressions are made and sent to the laboratory. The technician then makes a model and fabricates the bridge which is supported by two crowns, which will precisely fit the prepared teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth.
3. How long does it take to make a bridge?
From the day of preparation and impression it will take one working week to be finished.
4. Are there any options of getting it done faster?
Yes using a CEREC AC Ominicam machine it can be done the same day, however it cannot replace more than one missing tooth.
5. How long does a bridge last?
With proper maintenance a bridge can last a good length of time. In the United Kingdom it is estimated that bridge lasts 8 years on an average.
6. What is the common cause of failure?
Due to poor oral hygiene the supporting teeth can develop gum disease or decay (caries) resulting in failure of the bridge.
7. What is the alternative to bridge in replacing a missing tooth/ teeth?
Dentures and dental implants.
If you have any specific question about Dental Bridges please use our Consultation Booking tool to book your initial consultation online or call us on 0151 734 2221.
Dr Dix Premsingh PrasathBDS, MSc (Restorative Aesthetic Dentistry), MSc (Implant Dentistry), Fellowship in Laser Dentistry
Shaji Hameed IndiraBDS
Anu Maria FrancisBDS, MFDS
Miss Ashley MarshallHead Nurse
Miss Hannah GilmartinDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Amber FieldingDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Robyn McTigueDental Surgery Assistant
Miss Elisha AtkinsonDental Surgery Assistant