About the Fibre Reinforced Composite Bridge (FRC)

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What is a Fibre reinforced composite (FRC) bridge?

The FRC bridge is a minimally invasive and cost-effective way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Instead of metal, glass fibre strands (or bundles) are used to create a fibre frame (see below).

Why will I need a FRC Bridge?

1. Temporary replacement of a tooth or teeth before implant procedure
  • During the healing process after an extraction
  • As an immediate replacement - whilst waiting for the implant.

What does the procedure involve?

Most cases of FibreBond bridges are completed without local anaesthesia. Very little preparation (only roughening of the enamel) is done to the anchor teeth. In some cases a very shallow groove preparation may be considered.

What are the main advantages of the FRC bridges against other replacement treatment options?

  • Cost effective treatment option. Half the cost of conventional bridge work.
  • Less drilling - most cases done without dental injections
  • Very little preparation on the anchor teeth.

What are the disadvantages of the FRC bridges

  • Longer appointments necessary - as the teeth are built up directly in the mouth. To compensate for this, frequent breaks should be provided by the operating dentist.

How long do the FRC bridges last?

  • The FRC bridges can last for many years as proved by the previous reports.
  • Regular maintenance and frequent reviews are important.

What will a procedure like this cost me?

  • The fact that these fibres are new technology and the treatment requires special skills , means the fee charged might differ from practice to practice.

Patients please be aware of the following...

During the first 48 hours after the Fibre reinforced composite treatment, you will experience:

  • A feeling of tightness because the teeth are bonded together.
  • The saliva glands might produce more saliva because of the new foreign object on the teeth.
  • The speech might be very slightly affected (only in rare cases where the front teeth were treated).
  • Any rough or sharp edges or points must be reported to the dentist during the follow up appointment or before that.