A dental bridge is a false tooth which is used to fill a gap from a missing tooth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is a permanent fixture as it is anchored to one or both teeth either side of the gap.
Although we would recommend a dental implant as the most effective solution for a gap in the teeth, this is not always clinically suitable.
The different types of bridge include:
This unit looks like a strip of three teeth. The ‘teeth’ on either end are effectively dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap, with the ‘middle tooth’ filling the gap in-between then.
This is very similar to the fixed bridge outlined above, however it is only kept in place with a crown on one side of the gap.
With all of these options there will be a number of trips to the practice required as we will have to take an impression of your teeth and have the bridge unit manufactured by the dental laboratory.
This is also referred to as a sticky bridge. A metal wing is cemented to the inside of one or both teeth either side of the gap. This metal wing holds the porcelain tooth that fills the space left following tooth loss. This option involves minimal preparation of the tooth or teeth either side of the gap. It can be quickly and easily delivered. Maryland bridges do tend to debond but can be re-cemented following sandblasting in the laboratory. A Maryland bridge may be considered a good semi-permanent solution.
Remember, there are quite frequently a number of options available so speak to Zita or Cliona about whether a bridge would be most suitable for you, or whether a dental implant may be a better long-term solution. Should you need a dental implant placed, Dr Mary O’Dea can carry out this treatment at Mount Oval Dental Practice.