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.
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 more 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, only 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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