Dental bridges are designed to ‘bridge’ the gap between teeth, when one or more are missing.
Dental bridges are designed to ‘bridge’ the gap between teeth, when one or more are missing. A bridge is made up of crowns that sit either side of the gap and a false tooth is added into the gap.
A bridge is recommended if you have one more missing teeth. When you have missing teeth the remaining teeth may shift or move into the empty space resulting in more dental problems such as an overbite, gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
The false tooth is fused in between two crowns which act as anchors, by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth and therefore bridging them together. The false tooth can be made from porcelain or gold but they are made to look natural in appearance. Dental Bridges can also help with overbite issues and speech problems which can sometime occur when you have missing teeth.
Bridges are designed to restore your smile, enable you to eat and chew properly, maintain the shape of your face and also help remaining teeth move and drift from position.
Bridges are designed to last a lifetime, however if they are not looked after properly they may come loose or even fall out. If you have good oral hygiene and visit a dentist regularly you should avoid this happening. You are recommended to keep your gums and teeth healthy by using fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly.
Your dentist may recommend avoiding chewing hard foods such as ice to prevent damage to your new dental bridge.
The cost of a dental bridge starts from around £450.
Dental Crowns are used to strengthen your existing damaged tooth to protect its functionality. Crowns restore cracked, broken and damaged teeth.
Dental implants are recommended if you have one, or multiple, missing teeth. Used as a cosmetic and means of covering gaps, as well as a way of preventing remaining teeth moving.
Dentures are used to cover missing teeth and can be removed from your mouth and be put back in whenever you choose.