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One of the easiest ways to fill a gap

Filling the Gap


One of the easiest ways to fill a gap caused by a missing tooth, or teeth, is by having a bridge put in place.

With conventional bridges, the two teeth on either side of the gap are used as anchors. Once they are properly prepped, the bridge is cemented permanently to the teeth and will fill the space.

How a Bridge is Put In Place

It normally takes 2 visits to our practice to have your bridge put properly in place.

During your first visit, we will prepare the healthy on both sides of the gap and then take impressions. These impressions will then be used to create your custom made bridge.

When the bridge is ready we will set up a second appointment where we will fit the bridge and make any adjustments so that it feels and looks as natural as possible.



How do I know if I need a bridge?

If you have gaps created by missing teeth, having a bridge put in place will reduce the danger of creating a strain on the surrounding teeth, which could lead to them shifting into the space and creating even more problems. These gaps are also areas where food and bacteria might get stuck and cause decay, gum disease and even further tooth loss. Your dentist will help you decide if a bridge is right for you.

Will it hurt to have a bridge put in place?

Your dentist is highly trained and skilled and will use the latest techniques and technology to make the treatment as comfortable and pain free as possible. However, some people do experience a small amount of sensitivity for a few days after the procedure, but it generally goes away on its own in a few days. If you have any discomfort it can easily be treated with ibuprofen or paracetamol.

Do I need a bridge or a denture?

One of the biggest advantages of a bridge is that it is placed permanently in your mouth. It also acts and feels more like your natural teeth, takes up less space in your mouth, is easier to clean and less likely to affect your speech.