Dental Bridges are a way of replacing a tooth with a fixed, non removable solution. Our dentists generally place very minimally prepared bridges, which will have a metal/porcelain wing that bonds to the back portion of an adjacent tooth to a natural looking porcelain tooth, to replicate the missing original tooth.
After a careful clinical examination and once the gap has fully formed, our dentist will very conservatively prepare the adjacent tooth and take all the necessary photographs and possibly ask our expert ceramist to attend this appointment to ensure a perfect shade match. After this first appointment a temporary bridge will be fitted, then a week later the final bridge is fitted onto the adjacent tooth.
Friendliest hygienist I've come across! Both Alicja and Clair were professional and friendly. I was given good advise on how to look after my teeth and shown exactly how to brush behind teeth to get to my problem areas. Would definitely recommend.
The team here were wonderful. From the swiftness of the appointment to the professional and caring dentists it is a 5 star practice. I am a relatively nervous patient but they put me at ease straight away.
Everyone at this practice is fantastic. Have been several times over the past few months for a range of treatments with Dr Patel from a filling to hygienist cleaning with Alicija, whitening, and composite bonding. They are so professional, informative, and all truly excellent at what they do. Better than any dental practice I have been to in London, hands down. I've never had such perfect looking teeth!
Bridges can vary in designs; generally a wing of metal will be used to attach the new porcelain tooth to an adjacent tooth to fill any unsightly gaps.
Sometimes a full crown will be placed on the adjacent tooth, which is then attached to the new porcelain tooth. The materials used for bridges can vary from case to case, but generally a metal fused to porcelain would be used or very strong porcelain will be used alone.
Our dentists have taken a special interest in shade taking and use the latest technologies in dentistry to ensure the perfect shade match is achieved every time. In more complex cases, we will bring world-class dental ceramist to come into the surgery to confirm the shade match.
Generally speaking, the average lifespan of a bridge is 12-15 years. At Dental Beauty Forest Hill we believe that with some meticulous care on our part, and suitable cleaning on your part, a bridge should exceed these averages.
In order to be suitable for treatment, your teeth need to be strong enough to hold the load of the dental bridge. It is also important that you have a good standard of oral hygiene before the bridge is placed.