Dental Bridges Leeds dentist

Bridges are fixed prosthetics that consist of a group of interconnecting crowns used to replace one or more missing teeth by spanning the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space, called abutments, which serve as anchors for the bridge.

When will the Leeds dentist recommend bridges for you?
Bridges are recommended when the following dental conditions exist

  • Missing teeth – considerably affecting the aesthetic appearance of the person
  • Drifting of teeth from their normal position – The teeth begin to drift out of position due to missing teeth resulting in
    • a change in the bite
    • loss of additional teeth
    • tooth decay
    • gum disease
    • migraine headaches

 What are the different types of bridges?
Bridges can be fabricated out of several materials which include

  • Porcelain or ceramic crowns
  • Gold and metal alloys
  • Acrylic and ceramic
  • Porcelain bonded to a metal shell

What happens during my initial consultation with the Leeds dentist?

  • The Leeds dentist has a thorough discussion with you on your expectations from the procedure
  • The Leeds dentist will offer you advice on the types of bridges and crowns, the risks of the procedure, anaesthesia, limitations and the cost of the procedure
  • Your complete dental and medical history is gathered by the Leeds dentist
  • X-rays of the teeth are taken and a  thorough oral examination is made by the Leeds dental team
  • Photographs will be taken to compare with the final outcome of the procedure

How does the Leeds dentist prepare you for the procedure?

  • You are given an antimicrobial mouth rinse, anti-inflammatory medication and/or antibiotics before the surgery.
  • You must inform the dentist if you have any particular medical conditions like high blood pressure or issues with epinephrine used in local anaesthetics

How is the procedure carried out?
Bridges can be completed only through two appointments with the Leeds dentist
At the First appointment

  • The Leeds dentist will administer local anaesthesia on you
  • The teeth to which the bridge is to be attached is reduced by removing 1-2 millimetres of the teeth structure order to receive the crown ends of the bridge.
  • The Leeds dentist then takes impressions of the reduced tooth/teeth
  • A temporary bridge is cemented in place.

At the Second appointment – after about 2-3 weeks
The impression of the reduced teeth taken during the first appointment is used to create a custom made bridge and crown form, during the 2-3 weeks period

  • The Leeds dentist removes the previously cemented temporary bridge
  • The area is cleaned and the custom made bridge is cemented or bonded into surrounding teeth.

This procedure takes around 45 minutes to complete

Are there any side effects or issues to look out for following the procedure?

  • Discomfort – The teeth may be sensitive for a day or two and pain medication is prescribed by your Leeds dentist to deal with any such discomfort.

Living with your bridges

  • Recovery – Quick, with teeth feeling back to normal within a day or two
  • Visiting the Leeds dentist –
    • You must contact the Leeds dentist if the teeth continue to be sensitive even after two days of the procedure and there is pain that cannot be controlled by medication
    • You must meet the Leeds dentist at the earliest if any damage is noticed to the structure of the bridge in order to avoid further damage due to the weakened structure.
  • Keeping the bridge clean –
    • You must brush, floss, and have regular visits to the Leeds dentist after a bridge has been placed in the mouth.
    • As the false tooth and the crown are a single unit, you will need to use a special flossing tool called a floss threader that will go below the false tooth and keep this area of the gum healthy.
  • Life expectancy of your bridges – Bridges last 5 – 15 years when under proper care