When you have lost some teeth you may be offered partial dentures or a bridge, but what is a dental bridge?
A fixed dental bridge is a set of false teeth which are held in place, by attaching the bridge of teeth to natural teeth.
When someone has missing teeth and does not want to have conventional partial dentures, they can consider having a dental bridge fitted instead.
There are a few different types of dental bridges, and the two most common are:
- Traditional Fixed Dental Bridge
Traditional Fixed Dental Bridge
The traditional fixed bridge uses a crown, either side of the missing teeth, to hold the false teeth in place.
The Cantilever System
The cantilever system usually uses two crowns which are next to each other. The false teeth are held in place via these two crowns.
Partial Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?
Many people get confused as to whether they should opt for having removable dentures fitted, or whether a dental bridge might be the better choice.
A plastic or metal removable partial denture can have any amount of teeth fitted and can last for many years, if you look after it.
A fixed dental bridge remains in place permanently, but it relies mainly on the stability of the supporting teeth.
Bridges are most useful when only a few teeth are missing. When a large number of natural teeth are missing another option might be more suitable.
If you decide to opt for a dental bridge you will have impressions taken, just as you do when you are going to get new dentures. You will then have to wait until the dental technician makes the bridge.
The relevant teeth will have to be filed down in order to have the crowns fitted, and temporary crowns will be fitted over those teeth.
When the dental bridge is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crowns and fitting can commence.
Your dentist will advise about oral hygiene and caring for your dental bridge, including any problems you may encounter.