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Why would I need a bridge?
If you have had a tooth extracted, then you may want to close the gap for cosmetic reasons. However, there is also an important clinical reason to fill in the space as having a gap can put pressure on your other teeth, whilst also affecting your bite.
What different types of bridge are there?
There are two different types of bridge that your dentist might recommend:
• A conventional fixed bridge that covers the teeth on either side of the tooth gap
• An adhesive bridge that bonds onto parts of the teeth on either side of the tooth gap
Is there any pain involved?
Your dentist aims to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Therefore, if anaesthetic is required to reduce discomfort, this will be used. The dentist will discuss this with you prior to your treatment.
Overview of the procedure
The teeth on either side of the tooth gap may be adjusted to allow space for the bridge to fit and a mould or impression of this area is taken.Once an impression has been made, it will get sent to our dental laboratory for manufacture of the bridge. Once it’s back, you will have another appointment to have your bridge fitted. Following this, you will see the dentist once more after a few weeks so that we can check that you are comfortable with the fit and colour. Your dentist will also explain all the aftercare procedures.
Alternatives to bridges:
• Partial dentures
• Dental Implants