A dental bridge is essentially a false tooth (hollow crown) and is used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is attached to the two other teeth around the space – “bridging” them together.
The teeth on either side of the space are first prepared by your Birmingham dentist under local anaesthesia. A small part of each of the surrounding teeth is trimmed away to make room for the new crown. Your dentist will then take an impression of the teeth using “dental putty” and send this to the local dental laboratory in birmingham to make the bridge and crown from. The dentist will fit a temporary bridge whilst the new one is being fabricated.
On your next appointment, the temporary bridge is removed. The new permanent bridge will be evaluated for fit, colour match and how it affects your bite. Once the Birmingham dentist is happy with the restoration the new bridge will be cemented to the surrounding teeth. Alternatives to bridges include less stable dentures or a more permanent and invasive dental implant. Bridges can last up to 10 years if properly looked after.
Click here for a list of dentists in Birmingham that offer dental bridges.