Fitting a dental bridge is a popular method to replace one or more missing teeth, literally ‘bridging’ the gap between your teeth.
The importance of tackling gaps between your teeth
Gaps in between your teeth can cause neighbouring teeth to shift into the vacant gap overtime, causing problems with your bite and affecting your brushing. Unwanted bacteria is also allowed to accumulate in these gaps, which make the perfect breeding ground for developing gum disease. TMJ disorders are also more likely to occur in patients who have a gap between their teeth.
How do bridges work?
A dental bridge is fixed to your natural teeth or implants on either side of the empty space. The adjacent teeth (known as abutments) act as the anchors for the bridge and a replacement tooth, or pontic, is fixed to the crowns that cover the abutments. The process behind having a bridge fitted is similar to having a crown fitted in the sense that you can choose from a number of materials; your dentist will go through the properties and benefits of each. The patient’s choice of material will also depend on the location of the missing tooth, its function, cost and the aesthetic result. Your dentist here at St Peter’s Lodge will take great care in matching the colour of porcelain or ceramic bridges to the existing shade of your teeth.
The long term investment behind getting a dental bridge
A dental bridge is not too dissimilar to creating a hand-crafted custom made piece of jewellery and is designed to improve the appearance of your teeth as well as your bite, helping you to eat the foods you love with ease and tackling any speech impediments from which you may have been suffering.
Implant-supported bridges: considered the strongest type of bridge
As suggested by the name, implant-supported bridges use dental implants instead of bridges. Normally, a single implant is surgically placed for each missing tooth and these implants secure the bridge in place. The implant procedure is a surgical one but is certainly worth the invested time. An implant replaces your tooth’s root and is the only treatment that becomes a permanent part of your body.
To read more about the dental implants procedure here at St Peter’s Lodge, click here.
If you would like more information about dental bridges at St Peter’s Lodge, please do not hesitate to contact us.