A bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are both aesthetic and functional, restoring your natural bite. A dental bridge is usually a combination of crowns and artificial teeth (known as pontics) that are not removable from the mouth. To fit a bridge, our dentist will need to shape the teeth adjacent to the gap in exactly the same way as if you were having an ordinary crown. The crowns are fitted over these teeth and are attached to the pontics, creating a strong and stable restoration that is cemented in place. Bridges can be made from exactly the same materials as crowns and the procedure to make and fit them is very similar.
You can brush and floss crowns exactly as normal, but you do need to take care when cleaning underneath the pontics of bridges and we can show you how to do this. Looking after your bridge will help prolong its life.