Why should I replace missing teeth?
Appearance tends to be a key factor in why patients seek to replace any missing teeth. However, a gap that is left by a missing tooth can cause greater strain on the teeth either side. This gap can also effect your bite, as the teeth can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. Once food starts getting trapped in the gap, this can cause both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
Missing teeth can be replaced in a number of ways, depending on how many teeth you have remaining, the condition of your other teeth and where they are in your mouth. You may be advised to get either a partial denture or a fixed bridge. A dental bridge is used where there are fewer teeth to replace or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
What are bridges made from?
Bridges tend to be made from porcelain, bonded on to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used for more strength. New bridges can sometimes be used from a special type of strong porcelain.
Can I have a bridge fitted straight after a tooth removal?
After an extraction, it may take the gum up to 6 months to completely heal. During this time you will be provided with a temporary denture before the bridge can be fitted.
How do I look after a bridge?
You will need to clean your bridge everyday to prevent any additional problems such as bad breath, decay or gum disease. There will be extra cleaning required for the false tooth which will be instructed to you by your dentist or hygienist.