A Dental bridge is essentially a hollow crown that is used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is attached to the two other teeth around the space – “bridging” them together. The two supporting teeth need to be prepared in order to enable attachment of bridging crowns. A bridge is ideal when the supporting teeth surrounding the gap are strong and healthy. There are a range of bridges that we provide consisting of different materials and costs this will be discussed with you indepth at your consultation. All the laboratories we use to make bridges are UK based and are experienced in providing private cosmetic dentistry. Missing teeth can also be replaced with dental implants, which are a more permanent long-term solution.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are artificial coverings designed to improve the appearance of teeth or to restore badly broken down teeth. Bridges replace missing teeth using either crowns of metal ‘wings’ supported on the teeth either side of the space.
Who needs crowns and bridges?
Crowns may be required if the teeth are too badly decayed or broken down and therefore need to be enclosed by the crown, in order to save them. They may also be used to improve the colour or shape of the teeth. Bridges are used to fill up small gaps in the mouth where teeth have been lost or removed.
Can anyone have crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are not usually provided for young patients until the teeth and jaws are fully developed. It is also important that the gums and supported bone are healthy. Good tooth brushing and the use of dental floss are therefore essential before and following treatment. Your dentist will advise you about this.
What materials are used for crowns and bridges?
Front crowns and bridges will be constructed of porcelain (or other ceramic), or porcelain with a metal backing, to give a natural appearance. Further back in the mouth metal and porcelain, or metal alone, may be used to give greater strength.
How long does crown and bridge treatment take?
Crowns and bridges usually take a least two visits. The first visit is to prepare the tooth, by smoothing it down, usually with a local anaesthetic. An impression is taken and a temporary crown constructed. The crown or bridge is then fitted, usually two weeks later.
Low long do crowns and bridges last?
As long as the teeth and gums are maintained by both patient and dentist, crowns and bridges can last for many years. However no absolute guarantee can ever be given and they may need to be replaced in time. Your dentist is best placed to advise if there are particular reasons that may shorten the normal lifespan of a crown or bridge.
Are there any alternatives to crowns or bridges?
If the tooth is badly broken down, or in very poor shape, then there may be no alternative to a crown. Gaps in the mouth may be replaced by dentures or implants, instead of a bridge. Please discuss this with your dentist if you are uncertain