A resin-bonded bridge provides a permanent, minimally invasive solution for replacing missing teeth.
Also known as a sticky bridge, bonded bridge, adhesive bridge, or a Maryland bridge, this treatment is also commonly used to fill gaps caused by missing teeth. A minimally invasive option providing fantastic results, more people than ever before are opting for resin-bonded bridgework to enhance their smile, improve the functionality of their teeth and regain their confidence.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about this treatment.
Preparation & procedure for resin-bonded bridges
Before your dentist can carry out any work, they will complete an initial consultation where they will determine whether a resin-bonded bridge is the right treatment for you. The overall health of your teeth and gums will also be checked and this is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the procedure.
The procedure itself is relatively straightforward. Your dentist may need to reshape the adjacent teeth that the wings of the bridge will attach to.
Moulds of your teeth will then be taken and, once the bridge has been made, your dentist will book another appointment to position the bridge in place.
The benefits of a resin-bonded bridge
Resin-bonded bridges offer a number of benefits, including:
- The treatment is less intrusive than other methods of replacing missing teeth.
- Helps to maintain the position of your remaining teeth.
- Restores your capacity to communicate and smile.
- Makes it easier to eat.
- Provides your lips with the right amount of support.
- The longevity of the results means it is suitable for younger patients.
How long does a resin-bonded bridge last?
Resin-bonded bridgework offers excellent longevity, typically lasting 5- 10 years for the majority of patients. Of course, this depends on how well you take care of your teeth following the treatment, and regular check-ups are recommended.
Is the process painful at all?
Once your bonded bridge has been positioned, it’s not uncommon for it to cause some degree of soreness at first. However, the good news is that the pain should subside within a few days and it can be easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
Aftercare and recovery after a resin-bonded bridge treatment
Once you’ve received your treatment, it’s important that you take the following steps to look after your teeth, ensuring you have a quick recovery and long-lasting results:
- Brush twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss at least once per day with string floss.
- Visit your dentist for a routine cleaning every six months.
- Don’t smoke.
- Wear a mouthguard if you engage in any sports if impact is a possibility.
- Avoid problem foods such as nuts and hard sweets, as well as teeth-staining foods such as tea, red wine, and coffee.
- Avoid acidic foods that erode composite resin and enamel, such as juice.
At Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry, we offer resin-bonded bridgework often as an alternative treatment to dental implants, especially for younger patients. This treatment is restorative dentistry work, we always aim to restore and protect your teeth as our first objective.
Restorative dentistry in Windsor, Dentists near you
Our team is always on hand to provide the very best dental advice on restoring your smile and the best options for your teeth. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.