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Dental Bridges Overview

Dental Bridges are similar to crowns in that they are a fixed restoration and it cannot be removed from the mouth. They are mostly used to “bridge the gaps” in the mouth where you might have one or more missing teeth or to replace teeth that are broken beyond repair.

It is important not to neglect a missing or broken tooth as it can cause issues with your oral hygiene, eating habits, impair your speech and alternate the shape of your teeth.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Bridges are more commonly being made within our on-site lab by way of our Sirona 3D Milling CEREC Machine. This means that you can have your bridge prepared and made within the same afternoon. CEREC uses the same materials that traditional bridges are made from making them just as sustainable and reliable. At Boyne Dental we are constantly trying to progress and keep up to date with the latest in dental technologies.


Additional Information

Why should I replace a missing tooth?

A missing tooth can cause issues with your oral hygiene, eating habits, impair your speech and alternate the shape of your teeth. Not only does it affect all of the above but can, depending on the situation of the missing tooth, it can be quite unsightly and can hinder ones confidence.

Preserving your dental bridge

A dental bridge can last for 10+ years with good home care. One of the greatest causes of early failure for a dental bridge is due to tooth decay on the teeth supporting the dental bridge. To ensure that this is not the case, a proper dental care routine must be put in place and this must include brushing (with the right toothbrush), flossing and regular visits with your dentist.

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