Bridges can improve your smile by filling in gaps left by missing teeth and improve functionality giving you stronger teeth without straining the teeth on either side of the Bridge.
What is a dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of crowns fused together, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth, to replace gaps or missing teeth.
When are dental Bridges recommended?
Dental bridges are recommended when there are one or more missing teeth that can affect:
- A gap left by missing teeth can put great strain on existing teeth on either side of the gap.
- Your bite can be affected because the existing teeth next to the gap can lean into the space, therefore changing the way the upper and lower teeth bite.
- Food that can accumulate in the gap can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Your speech
- The shape of your face and jawline can be affected.
Should missing teeth be replaced?
Yes, missing teeth must be replaced, if possible, to:
- Improve your smile and appearance.
- Improve and correct your bite.
- To prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- To reduce any strain caused on existing teeth on both sides of any missing gaps.
Could I always have a bridge to close a gap or replace missing teeth?
Yes, providing you have strong, healthy teeth at the side of the gaps and good bone support. The dentist will be able to advise you at your consultation what the best options are.
What is a dental Bridge made of?
A bridge can be made of a precious or non-precious metal, and bonded to porcelain. Bridges can also be made of other types of materials that Crowns are made of.
How is a dental Bridge fitted?
- After you are fully happy with the treatment to be recommended, the dentist will first numb the area to be treated with a mild anaesthetic.
- The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared and filed down to the correct size.
- Impressions and moulds are then taken of the teeth, which are then sent to the laboratory, in order that the crowns and bridges can be made. A shade assessment is done at this stage to determine the right shade for the new bridge that matched your current shade.
- In the meantime, a temporary bridge or temporary crowns are fitted over the prepared teeth and gaps, so that the gums and area are protected.
The temporary crowns or bridge are removed, and the custom bridge is fitted and checked for its bite and adjusted accordingly. If everything fits perfectly, then the bridge is cemented into place. You will be invited for a check-up visit to ensure the bridge fits correctly and that there are no issues.
How to take care of your dental Bridge
- You need to clean your bridge and maintain a good oral hygiene program everyday, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You will also need to clean under the false tooth (crowns) every day.
- Keep the remaining existing teeth clean and healthy, as they will serve as a strong foundation for your new bridge.
- Your dentist will show you how to use special floss or a bridge needle, as normal brushing will not reach the areas.
- Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet, for good dental health.
What are the advantages of having dental Bridges?
- They are very natural in appearance.
- A non-evasive procedure
- Bridges have a long-life period, generally lasting 10-15 years or more, depending on how you take care of them.
- Bridges will improve aesthetics, appearance, bite issues and speck problems that can occur due to missing teeth and gaps.
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