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Bridges

Why should I replace missing teeth?

If you are missing any teeth at all, then it can affect the way you eat, smile and give you lack of self-confidence. Over time, further problems can be caused by the remaining teeth moving to fill the missing gap(s), which can leave you with a misaligned and an uncomfortable bite. This can then lead to food getting trapped in the gaps, which causes both decay and gum disease. One option to replace a missing tooth would be to have a bridge fitted.

What is a Bridge?

Unlike removable devices such as dentures, bridges are cemented onto existing teeth. These are fitted by anchoring them to the teeth at one, or both sides by using a resin or cement. They are an alternative to dental implants for patients who don't wish to have surgery.
Similar to crowns, bridges can be made of different materials and can be carefully matched to the natural colour of your teeth.

Benefits

      • Dental Bridges can help restore your ability to chew and speak properly.
      • They can help you to restore your smile.
      • They can help maintain the shape of your face.
      • They can help your remaining teeth stay in position.

The Procedure

Normally, to prepare and fit a bridge will take approximately two visits.

During the first visit the adjacent teeth are trimmed slightly to accommodate the bridge. Next a series of impressions are taken of your teeth where the bridge is going to be fitted. These are then sent off to the Dental Laboratory to be custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to your dentist's instructions.

As part of this first appointment, your dentist will also determine the right shade for your bridge (to match your natural coloured teeth) and will then fit a temporary bridge until your new one is ready. At your second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new one is fitted. Your dentist will ensure that the fit is comfortable and that you are satisfied with the appearance.

After Care

After your Bridge has been fitted, in the event that you notice any pain or have any sensitivity when you bite down, please contact your dentist. Usually this means that the crown is too high and can be easily adjusted.

You will also be given Oral Hygiene advice to help keep your remaining teeth clean and healthy.

For further information, ask your dentist about Bridges or speak to the receptionist by calling us on 01902 763200.