Put simply, bridges are dental crowns that are attached together in order to replace missing teeth.
Bridges can be placed onto teeth or onto implants, in order to replace missing teeth. When placed onto teeth, the teeth need shaping in the same way as with dental crowns. Once you have a bridge fitted onto teeth, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and healthy.
What Are Dental Bridges?
When you think of a bridge, you conjure an image of a platform joining two sides together and this is very similar to a dental bridge. In the simplest terms, dental bridges are crowns which are anchored to the remaining teeth either side of a gap.
Is The Procedure For Fitting Bridges Complicated?
At The Dentist, we use the latest technologies in dentistry so that the process of fitting bridges is simple and relatively painless. Your dentist will prepare your teeth by giving them a thorough cleaning and shape them in preparation for the bridge. A digital scan will then be taken with the imagery being sent to the lab to be made into your new bridge. The bridge will need to match your existing teeth in colour and bite. Once the bridge is ready, you will come in to The Dentist’s clinic once again, to have your new bridge bonded securely to your prepared teeth.
How Should I Care For My Bridge?
You will care for your bridge in much the same way as you would your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and use floss daily. Mouthwash is also recommended to flush out any food particles that may become lodged between your teeth and the bridge. You should also visit your dentist for a good cleaning at least every six months.
How Long Will My Bridge Last?
A dental bridge is a long-term solution for a patient with missing teeth. However, it is not a permanent solution. In most cases, a bridge should last for at least 5 years. With proper care and hygiene, both at home and with regular visits to the dentist, you can expect your bridge to last 10 years or even longer. Make sure you schedule regular visits to The Dentist to check your bridges and have them and your teeth professionally cleaned. This is also a great opportunity for your dentist to check the strength and integrity of your bridge so that if there are any problems, they will be discovered early.
How Long Before I Can Eat My Favourite Foods?
After you leave your dentist, you may want to eat something soon. Definitely within a few hours of having your bridge fitted. Try and avoid eating in the first hour or so, especially if you can still feel the effects of the anaesthetics. During the first 24 hours, eat soft foods like mashed vegetables and soft protein like chicken or fish. After 24 hours, you should be able to introduce your favourite foods into your menu again, but go easy on really hard or sticky foods. Get used to these again, gradually.
What Are The Benefits Of Bridges?
A bridge is a great solution for patients who have several teeth missing, especially when there are plenty of surrounding healthy teeth. Bridges look natural and it will be difficult to notice the difference between them and your natural teeth. Best of all, once the bridge is in place, you can eat, drink and speak with confidence.