Kenilworth Dental Practice

Dental Bridges

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Missing teeth can cause several problems, the space can trap food and make it difficult to eat, the teeth either side of the space can drift causing additional food traps and difficulty in cleaning and the opposing teeth may over-erupt disrupting how your teeth bite and chew. If the space is in your smile line it can also affect your appearance.

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What are they?

A bridge is used to replace the missing tooth (or teeth) in one of two ways; either by crowning the teeth either side of the space and using the crowns to support a false tooth (see photo above) or by using a false tooth that has metal 'wings' which are bonded to the inside surface of the teeth either side of the space.

What materials are used?

As with crowns, bridges can be constructed from gold alloy, porcelain bonded to precious metal or ceramic.

What will we do?

As with crowns, bridges take a minimum of two visits to the practice. The first visit will be to prepare the teeth and take impressions for the dental technician. A provisional bridge will be made and fitted. The second visit will be to fit your new bridge.

In some cases additional appointments will be required and your dentist will discuss this with you during treatment planning.

What are the benefits?

Bridges are a fixed solution and replace the need for removable appliances. With the right homecare they provide a good long-term solution which matches the appearance of your own teeth.

Sometimes bridges are not a suitable option to restore a space. If the supporting teeth are healthy and unrestored or if they are not strong enough it may be better to have a dental implant or a removable appliance.
Bridges require good homecare. When your bridge has been fitted your dental hygienist will show you how to effectively clean the bridge using special floss or brushes.

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