Dental Bridges replace one or more missing teeth by bridge the gap. A conventional bridge links the teeth in front and behind the missing tooth and appears as though it is 3 crowns in a row. Bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Natural teeth or implants support Dental Bridges.
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Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is an affect permanent solution to replacing a tooth and helps you:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by missing tooth can mean greater strain on other teeth. You bite can also be affected as the surrounding teeth can drift changing the way the teeth meet. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Can I Always Have a Dental Bridge to Replace Missing Teeth?
In some situations, the teeth required to support the bridge might not be strong enough. Your dentist will advise you on which is the best way of replacing the teeth.
What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?
There are three main types of bridges:
- Traditional Bridges: three crowns joined together, which are cemented onto the teeth direct beside the gap.
- Cantilever Bridges: is the same as a traditional bridge, however only involves two crowns and is cemented to only one tooth next to the gap.
- Maryland Bridges: rather than having crowns covering the teeth next to the gap, they simply have a wing that is bonded to the back of the teeth either side.
What Are Dental Bridges Made From?
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base with a layer of porcelain bonded over the top to give your bridge a natural and aesthetic look.
How Long Does The Treatment Take?
Dental Bridges usually require 2 visits, spaced 1-2 weeks apart.
Will It Be Difficult to Eat With a Dental Bridge?
No, replacing missing teeth will help you spread the forces evenly around your mouth.
Will the Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?
Generally no, however, in cases where you are altering the appearance of the teeth, it may take a short time for your speech to adjust to the new position.
How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, cleaning both the supporting teeth and under the false tooth. When your bridge is fitted the dentist will show you thoroughly how to do this and also what floss you must use, as a special floss is required.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Dental bridges can last 5 to 7 years or even longer. With good oral hygiene, regular cleaning and visits to the dentsit, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
Are There Other Options For Replacing Missing Teeth?
Yes, other methods for replacing missing teeth are dentures or implants.