A dental bridge (or better known as a dental restoration procedure in Singapore) is a replacement tooth held in place on neighbouring teeth using a retainer. This retainer can be in the form of a dental crown or a wing.
What is a Dental Bridge?
What is a Dental Bridge?
If a crown is used as a retainer, the supporting teeth will be prepared as per a crown to create space for your bridge.
If a wing is used as a retainer, the supporting tooth/teeth may require just minimal refinements or no adjustments at all. Your bridge will then be manufactured in a dental laboratory according to the specific dimensions of its supporting teeth. Once ready, it will be fitted onto your supporting teeth using cement.
Types of Dental Bridges
Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
- The replacement of small to moderate gaps of 1 to 2 missing teeth;
- Patients who want a tooth replacement option that is fixed in their mouth 24/7;
- Patients who have healthy and suitable supporting teeth able to support a bridge;
- Patients who are unable to have dental implants, for example, due to certain medical conditions, an insufficient mass of jaw bone, etc;
- Younger patients less than 18 years of age who are awaiting to have dental implants when they are older;
- Quickly and temporarily replacing teeth that have been suddenly lost e.g. due to trauma
Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Stage 1: Consultation and Pre-Treatment
At your Bridge consultation, your dentist will explore your concerns, thoroughly examine your teeth, and take any necessary X-rays, measurements or pulp tests.
You will be informed if a bridge or other treatment options are suitable for your situation. If a bridge has been decided upon, the types of bridges will be discussed and decided upon according to your condition and expectations.
Pre-treatment preparations before having a bridge may include:
- Placement of a core filling material to restore large gaps in the supporting teeth for your bridge that have been damaged and removed from decay, wear, breakage, etc
- Gum contouring to enable the core filling material and Bridge to be placed securely and successfully over the supporting teeth.
Stage 3: Post-Operative Care
You will be provided instructions on how to look after your bridge using a special bridge floss threader and further oral health advice.
Bridges that are done well and looked after meticulously can potentially last many years or even a lifetime.
Stage 2: Bridge Procedure
Once all the pre-treatment preparations have been made, two appointments are needed to complete a bridge, The first visit to make any necessary preparations or refinements to the supporting teeth or take specific measurements, the second visit to fit the bridge.
- A bridge preparation takes 30 to 90 minutes. Before commencing the surgical procedure, the relevant supporting teeth will be completely numbed with a local anaesthetic (unless your tooth has had a prior root canal treatment), so you will not feel any pain at all during the whole procedure, solely some pressure or vibrations.
- You may additionally be placed under prior IV sedation or General Anaesthesia depending on your concerns and agreed individualised treatment plan.
- If a crown is used as a retainer, substance is removed from all superficial aspects of your supporting teeth to create space and margins whereby your bridge can seamlessly and securely sit upon. If a wing is used as a retainer, surfaces on your supporting teeth that will encompass the wing will be freshened, cleaned and defined.
- An intraoral scan or mould of your supporting teeth and gap will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory to construct your bridge. You will be able to select the specific colour you would like your bridge to be in with your dentist.
- Finally, a tooth-coloured temporary bridge or a temporary denture is made to replace the gap whilst your final bridge is in the making.
- It will be beneficial to avoid biting on hard or chewy foods over a temporary bridge. Re-visit your dentist as soon as possible if this temporary bridge were to chip or come off prematurely.
- Your bridge fit appointment will last 20 to 45 minutes. The temporary bridge is removed and your final finished bridge tried-in to ensure that it is – secure, harmonious with your bite and neighbouring teeth, and that you are happy with its colour and overall appearance.
- Some minor refinements may need to be made. Once finalized, your bridge will be sealed in place on your supporting teeth with a cement. Local anaesthetic is often not needed for this part of the procedure.
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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?
Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre in Singapore. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.
Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures comfortable, accessible and seamless.
Our dentists have a special interest in prosthodontic treatments and are accredited dental providers who have been helping patients achieve confident smiles.
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