Dental Bridge

If you have missing teeth, including front teeth, a dental bridge can help restore the look and function of your teeth, It bridges the gap where the missing tooth.

About Dental Bridge

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A missing tooth is a serious matter, teeth are made to work together to help you chew, speak and smile.

When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may shift and become crooked, this may make it harder to speak or chew.

Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, which can cause neighboring teeth to become loose and can lead to facial collapse, If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks.

And missing tooth in the lower jaw may cause a tooth in your upper jaw to shift down into that space, meaning your teeth will no longer be even or in a straight line, this can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain and damage, teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean, this can increase the risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

So if you have missing teeth, we can close or bridge the gaps in your smile with dental bridges.

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap, it is intended to increase ease of eating and speaking.

Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.

To place a fixed bridge, we use an existing natural tooth or teeth to help hold your bridge in place, Fixed bridges are cemented in place, this makes them feel stable and very similar to your natural teeth.

They are fixed in place and, for some people, are an alternative to dentures.

Having a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your smile and make day to day activities such as eating and talking easier, replacing a missing tooth can also help protect your remaining teeth, when you have gaps, remaining teeth may lean over or move into the space, affecting the way you bite, food can also get trapped in spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

First, we will examine the mouth and ensure any tooth decay or gum disease is treated, so may take an x-ray and use equipment to take measurements of the teeth and mouth.

To prepare for a dental bridge, usually we will file down the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, then we will take a mold to make the bridge, we will take an impression of your mouth, This involves creating a plaster mold of your teeth and gums, so the bridge can be made to fit your mouth as closely as possible, At this stage, we will also determine the right shade for your bridge, so it matches your natural teeth.

The permanent bridge is put in place when ready, and usually attached to the surrounding healthy teeth with dental cement, or we might anchor the bridge with a dental implant, which is surgically placed in the jaw, before that, we will need to check if dental implants are suitable for you.

Once it’s ready, we will fit your new bridge, you will be given a local anesthetic injection before the procedure begins, which will block any pain from your gums, but you will stay awake during the procedure, and we will ensure the fit is comfortable by checking that you bite correctly with the bridge in place.

Following the placement of a dental bridge, there can be some soreness from the gum or perhaps slight sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks, The new tooth may also feel slightly strange because it’s filling the gap that was present, However, these issues should pass within a few days, Occasionally, new teeth might feel a little high when you bite together, we can make alterations to correct minor problems like this in follow-up appointments.

Bridges are permanently fixed in place, so you don’t remove them for cleaning, to keep your natural teeth healthy, you need to clean the gap under a bridge with a special dental floss, and we will show you how to floss under your bridge, if it is well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.

It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge (depending on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth, Brushing twice a day and flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, we can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss teeth, keeping a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis, selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important, however, patients should be careful for the bridge shortly after it has been placed as they get used to it. They may find it useful to eat softer foods or foods that have been cut into small pieces in the beginning for this reason.

Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer, With good oral hygiene and regular checkups.

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