What is involved in making the bridge?

Normally it will take two or more appointments depending on the difficulty and size of the bridge.  Each appointment is aimed to make the best possible bridge.

Similar to making a crown, the first step is to prepare the teeth by slightly reducing them so the bridge can cover them.  An impression is taken and sent to the Lab Technician who will make the bridge.  The shade will be taken or if a difficult shade we will recommend for you to visit the Technician.  A tooth coloured temporary bridge will be made in the meantime and cemented with temporary cement.

When eating with the temporary bridge it is important not to eat hard or sticky foods or you may knock it loose.  If the temporary comes loose it is important that it is re-cemented by us.


Looking after your bridge

It is not possible to predict how long a bridge will last and with proper care it should last a long time.  However, some insurance companies will for a new bridge after five years.

Bridges require proper care and maintenance to last as long as possible.  The teeth supporting the bridge are still susceptible to decay, especially at the margin of the tooth and bridge.

Daily flossing under the bridge with “Superfloss” and twice daily brushing will help to keep your bridge healthy and prevent decay and gum disease.  Decay and gum disease can lead to the bridge being lost.  It is also important to attend for regular dental check-ups to check your bridge and maintain it.

The sooner any problem can be addressed the less expensive and time consuming it will be for you.