Dental Bridge Procedure

A Dental Bridge is one of three methods used for filling the gap left by a missing tooth. An alternative to the Dental Implant (which, like the Bridge, is fixed), and the Partial Denture—a removable false tooth or teeth—the Bridge is used when there are fewer teeth to replace, and on one side of the mouth only.

Replacement of missing teeth is important, and not just for cosmetic reasons. Gaps can place strain on teeth either side, which ‘lean’ into the vacant space, altering the biting together of the upper and lower teeth.

This alteration can trigger off clenching and grinding, which will exacerbate the strain on these teeth. Also, food becomes packed in the gap, resulting in gum disease and decay.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from clients of Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Limerick in relation to Dental Bridges.

Yes, if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide the best way of replacing your missing teeth within your budget.

Yes, there are four types of dental bridge; the traditional bridge, the cantilever bridge, the maryland bridge and the implant-supported bridge. You can read more about the different types here.

Bridges are usually made of a non-precious metal base. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Full metal coverage may be desirable where there are biting issues.

You must clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You use superfloss and tepe brushes to clean under a bridge, reaching the parts that are inaccessible to a regular toothbrush. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how.

Yes. Other methods include a combination of crowns and partial dentures that keep retaining clips out of sight.
Of the three options for filling the gaps left by missing teeth, the Dental Implant is the most effective. The Tooth-Supported Dental Bridge is the second-best option. The least preferable option is the Removable Denture.

Ask your dentist for further information. Whatever method is chosen, remember that it is as important to care for the remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.