Bridges are a fixed splace replacement option where teeth have been lost.
A bridge is made up of an "abutment" tooth and a "pontic". The abutment tooth is the tooth which holds the pontic in place. The pontic is a "floating" lab-made tooth which is situated above the gum area where a tooth has been lost.
There are different bridge options available, each with their own pros and cons, including:
Requirements for amount of tooth tissue that must be removed
Bridges are not suitable in every situation where the is a space left behind by a tooth being lost.
Bridges are cemented in place onto the abutment tooth and are therefore not removable.
Bridges may require some tooth tissue removal on the abutment tooth to create space for the brige to be placed. This will damage the tooth in question and you should be aware of this.
We require oral hygiene to be in good condition before we place a bridge or any other prostheses, to ensure the bridge does not negatively impact the general oral hygiene, and to help improve the life-span of the bridge.
Spaces left behind following loss of teeth.
Fitting of two "Cantilever" bridges.
Bridge material used: Zirconia