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Dental bridge

A lost tooth can often be replaced with a dental bridge. A dental bridge requires grinding the neighboring teeth to the missing tooth and is therefore a good solution if the neighboring teeth already have large old fillings. They will benefit from being enclosed by a bridge.

Dental bridge

Bridge, implant or prosthesis?

A dental bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth and is a fixed solution that cannot be removed from the mouth. Bridges are made in much the same way as crowns. The material is usually porcelain, and since a bridge is fixed to your teeth, it will quickly feel natural.

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You can get a dental bridge if you are missing several teeth, but there are limits to how many teeth a bridge can replace. Your dentist will decide what is the best option for you

If the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge are intact and do not need treatment, an implant is often a better option, Another alternative to a dental bridge or dental implant can be a removable denture.

A dental bridge can be a good solution if:

  • Your neighboring teeth that will support the dental bridge are very protruding and benefit from being 'wrapped' in a bridge
  • You can't get a dental implant (usually due to smoking, periodontal disease or missing bone)
  • You want a new tooth as soon as possible (it can take 3-6 months to complete an implant treatment, for example)
  • You do not want a removable solution (prosthesis).

This is how the treatment process works

The dentist will grind the bridge abutments (neighboring teeth) into the correct shape under local anesthesia and take a dental impression for the bridge, which is sent to our technician. After the grinding, you usually won't feel anything, but there may be some sensitivity for a few days and your gums may be sore.

It takes about 14 days for the technician to fabricate the bridge and then it can be cemented in place.
In the meantime, you wear a temporary bridge made of plastic material by your dentist.
Once the bridge is cemented in place, your teeth may be extra sensitive to cold or heat during the first few days.

Keeping your new bridge clean is important. Teeth with bridges should therefore be cared for in the same way as natural teeth. This means brushing them carefully and using interdental brushes or a specially developed floss for bridges. You will receive thorough cleaning instructions when you are at the clinic.

How long does a dental bridge last?

After 15 years, approximately three out of four bridges will still be functional. So the durability of bridges is long, but you can't always assume that a bridge will work for the rest of its life. We often see a bridge last 20-25 years. If you want your bridge to last a long time, you need to take care of your oral hygiene.

What can go wrong?

A bridge can come loose in the same way that a crown can come loose. If everything else is fine under the bridge, you can have it reattached. Around one in ten teeth that are ground down for a crown or bridge will later need root canal treatment. This is because the nerve in the tooth dies, which can happen partly due to the grinding, but also because teeth that get crowns/bridges are often already bad.

However, the bridge itself remains intact as a small opening is made in the bridge, which is filled with plastic after the root canal treatment. There is a risk that some of the porcelain may break off. This can often be repaired or smoothed out without having to redo the bridge.

If you grind your teeth or bite hard, there is a risk of fracturing the bridge or root. We therefore recommend a bite guard if you grind your teeth. If the bridge breaks, it will need to be repaired.

If you are missing one or more teeth, the dentist will decide what the best solution is for you.

What does a dental bridge cost?

The price of a dental bridge depends on several things. You will always receive an estimate before we start the treatment.

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