Plastic Surgery

Dental bridges

What is the Dental bridge?

A bridge is a type of dental device which acts as a replacement for missing or damaged teeth. It hides the gaps caused by missing teeth – hence the use of the term ‘bridge’ and improves both the appearance of your teeth and face in general.

Cosmetic bridges are made from any number of materials which includes gold, porcelain, alloy or a fusion of these materials.

There are two types of bridges which include:
-  all ceramic bridges;
-  metal ceramic bridges.

A bridge usually consists of a wire or metal framework onto which a false tooth or ‘pontic’ is attached. This is placed between two cosmetic crowns.

This structure is then placed over the area within the mouth where there are missing teeth. The pontic sits in the gap and the two crowns fit over the teeth either side of the gap.

These act as a synthetic replacement for missing teeth and also prevent any bone loss.

Advantages and disadvantages of Dental bridges

There are several advantages to wearing a bridge which include:

-  prevents tooth decay and gum disease caused by the presence of food particles in gaps between the teeth;
-  eases pressure on the teeth either side of the gap (stops them from falling inwards);
-  reduces the risk of bone re-absorption;
-  ensures a smooth, clean jaw line and improved facial appearance.

The downsides of the bridges include risk of an infection from trapped food debris under the bridge due to poor dental hygiene, increased teeth sensitiveness to hot and cold foods/liquids for the first few weeks and sometimes necessity for the teeth situated either side of the gap to be reduced to enable the crown to fit into that gap.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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