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Bridges

Dental bridges in Malahide

There are multiple ways to have a missing tooth replaced. Each come with their pros and cons and your dentist shall at all times consider your personal preferences and priorities when agreeing on a treatment plan with you.

Bridges have been used in prosthetic dentistry for many decades now and are a safe and highly trusted way to restore lost chewing or biting function.
Dental bridges in Malahide

Bridges are great, when:

  • Your missing tooth is surrounded by natural teeth
  • The adjacent teeth are already damaged to some degree (filled or crowned)
  • Implantation is not an option for individual reasons
  • When slightly mobile teeth need some reinforcement.
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Bridges are basically a series of crowns attached to each other. These crowns are called bridge units. Some of these units are hollow and will cap your existing teeth – these will serve as the supporting points of the future bridge. In between the hollow parts, there are dummy units that –just like the hollow ones- completely resemble natural teeth. During the preparation, your dentist will prepare your supporting teeth by filing off a small amount of the tooth material. Following this, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the fabrication begins. The dental technicians use tissue-friendly materials to create the base of the bridge that is in the later stages of manufacturing topped with multiple ceramic layers. When the bridge is ready for fitting , your dentist will fit the hollow units on your prepared teeth and cement it with a strong dental adhesive. The entire process ideally takes about 5-10 working days depending on availability and the number of try-in appointments that may or may not be necessary during the process.

Bridges are strongly fitted, non-removable and are supposed to last for about 10-15 years with good maintenance and regular check-ups.
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