Dentists in Derby, Derbyshire Etwall Dental Practice, 44 Main Street, Etwall, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 6LP
If you have a gap left behind by one or more missing teeth, you may want to consider a dental bridge to improve the aesthetic look of your smile.
A bridge is typically made from either metal or porcelain or a combination of both, providing a durable and cosmetically pleasing solution for missing teeth.
After administering a local anaesthetic (if needed) your dentist will reshape and contour the healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth will be fitted with crowns and provide an anchor for your bridge.
Your dentist will take an impression of the area and send it to a laboratory for a technician to fabricate your bespoke appliance. A temporary bridge is fitted to protect your anchor teeth.
Once your bridge is ready, you will return to have it fitted. The dentist will remove your temporary bridge, and your permanent bridge will be cemented in place for a secure fit.
At Etwall Dental Practice, we also offer cantilever bridges, which attach to just one of your natural teeth. Alternatively, a resin-bonded bridge attaches to the neighbouring teeth using a metal frame rather than crowns.
The lifespan of a bridge depends on the type and material it is made from, as well as how well you take care of your teeth and gums. On average, a bridge should last 5-15 years with proper care.