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Losing a tooth due to trauma, decay or gum disease can affect eating, and aesthetics leading to physical discomfort as well as social anxiety.
Whilst dental implants are the gold standard to replace missing teeth, dental bridges can be utilised where implants cannot physically be placed for instance if there is not enough bone, or there are some medical conditions which would advise against implant treatment.
Dental bridges are used to restore a gap created by missing teeth, literally bridging the gap. They are all fixed and can only be removed by a dentist. When you lose a tooth, the gap that is created can affect your bite because the teeth next to this space will gradually move into the gap and affect the harmony of your upper and lower teeth. Overtime this can lead to possible loss of further teeth.
A bridge could last for a significant number of years and help you maintain a healthy smile and protect the arrangement of your existing teeth.
There are several types of bridges and our GDC registered dentists will discuss the best options as relates o your case. Below is some more information on the different types of dental bridges:
1.Conventional Dental Bridge:
Here the false tooth is fused between two porcelain crowns holding it in place, which is attached onto your natural tooth on either side of the false tooth. This type of dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing tooth. However it requires extensive preparation of the teeth holding the bridge in place and is thus not the most conservative option
2. Resin Bonded Dental Bridge:
This type is almost always used for your anterior teeth. The main benefit of this type is that healthy teeth need either minimal or no preparation. The false tooth attaches to your real teeth using a metal wing that sits and hides behind your natural teeth.
The dentist will see you, they will listen. A detailed examination is carried out including any xrays required. You will not be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed regardless of how long it was since you last saw a dentist
The treatment plan will be guided by our expertise but ultimately decided by you.
Once the plan has been agreed, our team will hold your hand every step of the way