If you have one or more missing teeth then you may decide to have a dental bridge to fill the gap. A bridge can restore your smile, giving you back your full set of teeth, and also prevent some of the problems caused by tooth loss, such as drifting teeth and problems with your bite.
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A bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It will fill the space where your teeth are missing and is cemented to the teeth on either side. Your supporting teeth will need some preparation, the extent of which depends on the design of bridge. Bridges remain fixed in position unlike dentures, for example, which are removable.
If you have a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we may recommend a bridge as an option to fill the gap. Other options would be dental implants or a partial denture. If you leave the gap unfilled, you may find that your remaining teeth on either side of the gap start to move and even rotate. This can cause problems with your bite and also lead to gum disease or decay, as well as impacting on how you feel about your smile and your self-confidence in your appearance.
Like dental crowns, bridges can be made from a range of materials. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. A ceramic bridge, for example, can look extremely natural so would be ideal for replacing missing teeth at the front of your mouth.
You will normally need at least two visits for us to prepare and fit your bridge. During the first appointment, we will shape your supporting teeth and take impressions so that the dental technician has all the information they need to create your bridge.
At the second appointment, we will try the bridge in and make sure that you are happy with the fit and appearance before cementing it in place.
As with your natural teeth, you will need to clean your bridge at least twice a day to prevent problems such as decay, gum disease and bad breath. You will also need to clean under the false tooth/teeth of the bridge using a special interdental brush or floss, as you won’t be able to reach this area with a normal toothbrush. You should still continue to attend the practice for regular dental examinations and hygienist appointments to allow us to check the condition of the bridge.
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Last updated on Monday 27th January 2020