Broken, worn or missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. While there are many options for correcting these issues, dental bridges remain a popular treatment here at Magee Dental Care, restoring function and beauty to the smile. A dental bridge contains prosthetic teeth to “bridge” gaps in your smile.
Most people care about their appearance and having a lovely smile creates greater self esteem and self confidence.
- The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side.
- A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Three main ways to replace missing teeth:
- A partial denture – a removable false tooth or teeth
- Dental implants
- A fixed bridge – a bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base and if the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base for more natural looking results. More recently Zirconia bridges have become available offering both strength and superior cosmetics.
Can you always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Yes, if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. At Magee Dental Care your dentist will help you decide the best way of replacing your missing teeth within your budget and will choose the most effective and conservative bridge for your personal situation. Although a bridge may seem expensive it will last many years and it will also improve your appearance and bite.
Caring for you 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.