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Bridges

Bridges

Despite the technological advances in dentistry enabling complex treatments like dental implants the fact that traditional restorative work is still used points to its key role in restoring beauty and function to broken and missing teeth.

If you lose a tooth through decay, an accident or injury it is important to fill the gap between your remaining teeth as soon as you can. We recommend this not only because of the obvious aesthetic benefits, but because it will help maintain the health of your gums, jawbone and surrounding teeth.

The gap created by a damaged or missing tooth can lead to an uneven bite; a dental bridge can prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of place. They also help you with chewing and speaking normally by maintaining the balance of your bite.

Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, bridging the gap between the adjacent teeth and fusing one or more false teeth to crowns fixed to either side. Bridges provide good eating function while looking natural and maintaining the dental arch.

The benefits of dental bridges

  • A bridge helps you forget that you have missing teeth
  • They can improve the way you look, eat and speak
  • They can be matched to the colour of your own teeth to retain a natural looking smile

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.

Are bridges expensive?

Although a bridge may seem costly they can be a wise investment that will give many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, it’s similar to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery.

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.Find out moreDue to the nature of the treatment, a dental bridge is not suitable for every one with broken or missing teeth, for example if the teeth either side of the gap are not stable or healthy. In these cases, we will recommend alternative tooth replacement solutions, such as a dental implant. If you would like to find out more about dental bridges and other tooth replacement treatments book a consultation to determine your suitability.
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