Replace a missing tooth with a custom made bridge
A dental bridge is a very successful and highly popular way of replacing a missing tooth on either the top or bottom arch.
A bridge works by fixing to the existing healthy teeth either side of the gap, which hold it securely in place. This type of cosmetic restoration has been used in dentistry for over 40 years and has proved very reliable. For many patients it offers a long-term, comfortable and strong way of replacing a missing tooth.
In the same way as a crown, a bridge can be made from a variety of materials including gold, metal alloys or a mixture of metal and porcelain for a more natural look.
While a bridge can be a more expensive option, do remember that it is a very personalised type of restoration, which will take great care to make. Significant skill and time will be required to ensure that it looks right and feels comfortable.
For us to be able to fit you with a bridge it’s important your gums and other teeth are healthy and that you also have sufficient bone density to support one.
So, if you think a bridge might be the answer you are looking for, why not book a free consultation today?
A missing tooth can cause many issues
If you have a missing tooth then you may very well have experienced one or more of the issues that can arise:
- Gaps can cause your remaining teeth to move- resulting in unwanted twisting, rotation or gaps.
- Your chances of gum disease can increase as the gum is more exposed to bacteria
- Likewise, your chances of tooth decay could increase as food is more easily stuck and missed when you brush.
- Where teeth are missing your gum lacks vital stimulation which keeps it healthy. Therefore it can start to shrink.
How we’ll make your dental bridge
It will take at least two or three visits before your bridge is finished and ready for fitting. Multiple appointments are necessary as they allow us to fully examine and measure your mouth so that we can provide your bridge to the best standards possible.
First it will be necessary to prepare your existing healthy teeth (those that will hold the bridge in place) by grinding down the enamel. This will make space for the bridge to align with your other teeth.
Next, impressions of your teeth will be taken so that we can produce the bridge. A temporary bridge can be fitted while you are waiting for the final one- which should be ready between 1 and 2 weeks after your impressions are taken.
At this point you will be invited in so that we can check the fit of the bridge in your mouth. Only when you are completely happy will it be secured in place with a strong, dental adhesive.
Appropriate care of a dental bridge
A well-made and securely fitted dental bridge has the potential to last for many years. Do remember that the health of your mouth, specifically the gums and teeth holding the bridge in place, will directly affect its long-term success.
You can help look after it in a number of ways:
- Always clean your teeth well twice a day.
- Pay particular attention to your bridge and the teeth holding it in place. We strongly recommend use of, and can supply you with, a special bridge needle or floss to help clean it properly.
- Visit your Dentist and Hygienist regularly so we can check your bridge (and the rest of your teeth) and address any problems should they arise.
Find out more about dental bridges
Don’t suffer with gaps between your teeth- find out more about the bespoke dental bridges available at Blagreaves Dental Practice. They really could change your life.