Bridges

Bridges are a way to restore gaps created by missing teeth.  At Colchester Dental Surgery, we are able to discuss all of the options available to you to restore these gaps.

Bridges consist of a ‘false tooth’ made of porcelain, which is attached to one or both teeth either side of the gap, or to dental implants.  There are two main types of bridges: conventional bridges and resin retained bridges.

  • Conventional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a false tooth in between.
  • Resin retained bridges (also called Maryland bridges) are made of a porcelain false tooth attached to a metal wing, which is bonded to adjacent teeth.
During the first appointment for a dental bridge, the anchor teeth are prepared in a similar way to a crown.  Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.  Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab.  Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.  During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit.

It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth.  Our hygienist can provide indivual oral hygiene advice to patients who have had dental bridges placed, and demonstrate how to brush and floss effectively.