Our Guide to Bridges

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Hi, I’m Tom from Toothpaste, and welcome to our guide to bridges.

Introduction to Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth, come in a number of forms, and can use either one or both of the teeth on either side of the gap to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

Types of Bridges

Conventional Bridges

The first type of bridge is a conventional bridge. This involves placing a crown on the teeth on either side of the gap.

Resin-Bonded or Maryland Bridges

The alternative is a resin-bonded or Maryland bridge, which involves using a metal or porcelain wing that is glued to the back of one or both of the adjacent teeth.

The Procedure for a Conventional Bridge

The technique for a conventional bridge involves shaving down either one or both of the teeth on either side of the gap to make space for a crown, which will then support a fake porcelain tooth between it.

The Procedure for Resin-Bonded Bridges

Resin-bonded bridges are more conservative and only involve removing a bit of the tooth on the inside.

Manufacturing and Cementation

Once your dentist has prepared your tooth, he will take an impression, or a scan, which will be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacturing. Approximately one week later, you’ll return to the practice for the cementation of your bridge.

Cleaning Techniques

As you can imagine, cleaning around a bridge can be a bit more tricky, with flossing not being an option. Your dentist can show you techniques for how to clean around the bridge effectively.

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