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Dental treatments: Bridges

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What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration which allows us to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge makes use of the adjacent teeth either side of the gap, anchoring to them. A crown is fitted to each tooth with another attached in the middle - replacing the missing tooth. This method of restoration is very popular as it is often highly successful giving comfortable, secure and long-lasting results.

As your bridge is tailor made to fit your mouth a great deal of time and skill is required in its manufacture and fit. While a bridge can be more expensive than other types of dental restoration it very often proves a good investment. Often a bridge will help to avoid the need for further more involved or costly treatments in the future.

Your bridge will be made from strong materials including metal and porcelain, therefore with good care and attention it has the potential to last for many years.

A missing tooth

With a missing tooth (or teeth) it is highly likely you will experience difficulties with eating, drinking and speaking at some point. Add to this the numerous oral health issues that can be caused including gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and rotation or twisting of remaining teeth and you will understand how important it is to replace a missing tooth.

Following the fitting of your bridge, not only will your general self-confidence improve but it's very likely you will also notice an improvement in the look of your overall facial features. Often cheeks and lips can lack support when you have missing teeth - leading to sagging and a look of ageing in the face.

What will my dental bridge be made from?

If not highly visible, your bridge would normally be made from precious metals such as gold. If required, it is possible to bond porcelain to the base for a more natural look.

Fitting your bridge

In order to give your bridge the best possible finish and help it fit in the most comfortable way you will require several appointments.

Initially the adjacent teeth will be prepared by grinding them down. This helps to create space for the crown to fit on the top. When they are ready, impressions of these teeth will be taken and used to make your bridge. This process should take a couple of weeks. While your bridge is being made a temporary one can be fitted if required.

When the bridge is ready we will make sure it fits and feels comfortable. Finally it will be cemented in place ensuring a permanent and secure fit.

Looking after a dental bridge

It is very important to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene to help keep your bridge strong and functional. Remember to clean it daily and pay particular attention to the underneath of the false tooth to avoid the build-up of plaque.

We can supply you with a special bridge needle or floss to help with this. Always attend regular visits with the Dentist or Hygienist so we can check your bridge and address any problems should they arise.

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