A more affordable alternative to dental implants for replacing missing or damaged teeth are dental bridges. These are ‘false’ teeth which are held in place using two crowns fitted to the adjoining teeth.
As with crowns, the fitting of dental bridges is a two-step process, undertaken over the course of 1-2 weeks. The first stage is to remove the damaged teeth if necessary and prepare the neighbouring teeth to fit the bridge securely.
Impressions will then be taken to produce the bridge and a temporarily bridge fitted so that you can continue to eat and drink normally.
On your second visit your new dental bridge will be fitted and your missing tooth gap will be filled giving you the confidence to smile once again.
Caring for your bridge requires no special treatment; simply regular brushing, flossing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Further guidance will be given by your dentist after treatment is finished.
Typically, dental bridges last approximately 10-15 years, depending on how well they’ve been cared for and the health of the surrounding teeth and gums.