Cosmetic Dental Services

Bridges

Do you have missing teeth? Bridges are a great option. They help get your smile looking great again.

Bridges serve important cosmetic and functional purposes. They are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They help improve the appearance and function of the mouth so you can chew and speak easier.

Bridges can change your life. They help build your self-esteem and feel more comfortable about your smile.

What is it?

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented onto existing teeth to fill the gap from a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is supported by the teeth on either side of the gap.

During your first visit, the teeth beside the gap are prepared. These teeth are re-contoured by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of your teeth are made and are sent to a technician to form a model of the bridge.

While your bridge is being made, your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to protect the exposed teeth and gums. At your next appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. The bridge is then permanently cemented into place.

Dental Bridge

Need to know

Appointments

  • At least 2 appointments
  • At the first visit your dentist will prepare the teeth next to the gap and impressions of your teeth are made for the technician to form a model of the bridge. Your dentist will make you a temporary bridge to wear
  • At the second visit your new bridge will be permanently cemented in place
  • Further appointments may be needed once the bridge has been fitted, to check or adjust the fit

How long it takes

  • The first appointment will usually take around 60 to 90 minutes
  • The fitting of the bridge will usually take around 60 to 90 minutes

You may be asked about

  • Your dental history and medical history
  • Your regular oral health care routine

Before your appointment

  • No special preparation needed

After your appointment

  • With your temporary bridge you should avoid eating hard or sticky food
  • With your permanent bridge you might feel some discomfort at first while you get used to it. We also recommend eating soft foods for the first couple of days

Quick tip

With good oral hygiene and care, bridges can last as long as 15 years. Take good care of your oral health by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting the dentist and hygienist.

Have questions?

The price of a bridge depends on the type you get and the condition of your teeth. At your consultation visit, your dentist or specialist will let you know the cost you can expect to pay for your treatment.

At the consultation visit, your dentist will talk you through the procedure and any concerns you may have. During the procedure, your dentist will make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. Getting a traditional bridge is usually pretty painless, although you might feel some discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will likely numb the area of treatment to make it more comfortable for you.

The lifespan of a dental bridge will depend on how well you look after your oral health after your treatment. Bridges normally last 5 to 15 years, and sometimes longer. If you practice good oral hygiene and go for regular dentist visits they will last for a longer time.

After getting a temporary bridge you should follow the care instructions provided by your dentist. With a temporary bridge you can continue to eat and drink almost as normal. However, you should avoid hard or sticky foods as they may disturb your temporary bridge and could even dislodge it.