Surgery: Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth by bridging the gap.
A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns for the teeth either side of the gap and false tooth or teeth in between.
While the outer material of a dental bridge is porcelain so as to appear like a natural tooth, the underlying structure may be made of an alloy or precious metal for strength or additional protection.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How soon can I have this treatment?
We can secure priority appointments for our clients subject to the dental specialist’s availability. However it is best to request an appointment well in advance.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth by bridging the gap between two teeth. This can be a welcome alternative to a partial plate as a bridge is fixed in place permanently and doesn’t cause irritation and provides a stable eating surface. In essence a dental bridge comprises a number of crowns joined together. One crown at either end is attached to the natural teeth one each side of the gap and the crown(s) in between fill the gap.
What are bridges made of?
Most bridges are made of a combination of a metal base/framework covered with porcelain. This provides strength and if softer precious metals are used as the base, they can provide added protection to the root of the tooth. Full porcelain crowns are also available.
Which missing teeth can I have a bridge for?
A bridge requires a health tooth either side of the gap to attach to.
What preparation is needed for a bridge?
The dentist prepares the teeth with the hand-piece to reduce the overall size of the teeth on all five surfaces. If necessary a post may also be placed into the natural teeth for strength.
How long does it take to get a bridge made?
Usually about 7-10 days is required after having teeth prepared and the impressions sent to the laboratory. The preparation process can take several days dependent upon the condition of your teeth.
How is a bridge fixed to the supporting teeth?
They are then cemented to the supporting teeth by the dentist. A post may be required to provide strength.
How long do I have to stay in Thailand?
If you have no underlying conditions such as gum disease or other problems 10 days is usually long enough to have your teeth prepared and the bridge produced and fitted. If you have other dental health issues that will affect the supporting teeth, it will have to be addressed first and may take additional time.
Why can’t I leave sooner?
The crowns are produced in a laboratory and time is required to produce them.
Will I have a consultation with the dental specialist when I arrive?
Yes, the specialist will examine you and will discuss the best options for you.
How much does a bridge cost?
The cost of a bridge depends on the location and number of gaps as well as the materials used. To get a free estimate for crowns please click here
How can I get a dental opinion before travelling overseas?
To get a free dental opinion and estimate for treatment please send your photos/dental report and x-rays if possible. Please also complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I have dental treatment and plastic surgery?
Some plastic surgery and dental treatment can be arranged during the same trip but it is not recommended to have dental treatment after facial surgery including eyelids surgery or vision correction.
Can I talk to a past patient?
Yes, many of our clients are very happy to talk to others that are planning dental treatment through Stunning Makeovers. Before we can put you in touch, please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here.