Replacing missing teeth with an effective permanent alternative to dentures
Fitting a dental bridge is a tried and tested way to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing – hence the name!
Many patients are relieved to find that they can be fitted with a bridge as an alternative to wearing dentures. Like crowns, bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
Even without the obvious cosmetic issues, it’s never a good idea to leave a gap between teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can eventually lead to the remaining teeth rotating or shifting into the empty spaces, giving you an awkward bite. Gum disease and joint disorders (TMJ) are also more likely in patients who have a gap between their teeth.
How your bridge will be fitted here at St Peter’s Lodge
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the empty space. The surrounding teeth – called abutments by dentists – serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
Much of the process of having a bridge fitted is similar to that of a crown. As you would with a crown, you’ll have a choice of materials which your dentist will carefully go through with you, to make sure you make a selection that’s right for you. Your choice of material will depend on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. We’ll take great care to match the colour of porcelain or ceramic bridges to the natural tone of your teeth.
The supporting structure of the bridge is usually made from a precious metal – although other, non-precious, metals are used in the base to add strength. If the bridge will be visible, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Metal-free bridges are also an alternative – your dentist will discuss all the options in detail with you.
An investment in your future dental health
Although a bridge may seem costly at first, you can be sure that it will give you many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge is created using the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, you might easily compare it to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery. But, of course, the bridge will be infinitely more functional!
How do I look after my bridge?
It is important to clean under the false tooth daily. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to do this, using special floss. This will help prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease.
To find out more and book an appointment please call us on 01727 853160 or complete our online booking form.