A simpler alternative to dentures and implants
Bridges are simply a row of several crowns joined together and can be used to strengthen damaged teeth and fill spaces where teeth have been extracted or lost, giving you a full, gap-free smile. Bridges are an excellent dental solution for cracked teeth or teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with fillings.
The bridge is made using the teeth on either side as a structural support which is why it works perfectly for missing teeth and is a much more cost effective option than a full implant. If however, the teeth beside the missing or cracked tooth are not strong enough to provide the structure for the bridge, then a dental implant or denture can be considered.
We use the two most common materials for our crown and bridge work and which one we use for your teeth will depend on what you need. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) has been largely used for many decades and incorporates a base of metal or semi precious metal coated in porcelain. The more modern option is all- ceramic crowns which provide better aesthetic qualities and a more natural looking finish.
- Anaesthetic will wear off between 1-3 hours post procedure
- Recovery times depend on if a root canal or extensive dental work was needed prior to crowning
- Do not chew food on the numb side until feeling has returned
- For a temporary crown, avoid chewy or hard food and pulling floss up
- Hot, cold and pressure sensitivity may be present for a few days or weeks
- The injection/extraction site may feel a little sore for a few days
- Brush and floss your teeth carefully
- Avoid flossing “up” for 24 hours and instead slide floss out
- Take pain medication if needed – speak to your dentist about what you can take