Bridges help to restore one or more missing teeth
Why should I replace a missing tooth or teeth?
A missing tooth may not only affect your appearance but will also put more strain on the teeth on either side. A gap can also mean that your bite is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.
What is a bridge?
A bridge fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap and false teeth are used to fill the gap joining the crowns together. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. 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.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
A bridge is suitable only if the teeth on the side of the gap are strong and healthy, with good bone support.
How do I look after my bridge?
It is important to adopt good oral hygiene practices, to prevent bad breath and gum disease. You will also need to clean carefully under the false teeth every day.
Benefits of Bridges
- Bridges are fixed and not removable – this means that you do not have to worry about taking them out to clean them or that they will move when you smile, talk and eat.
- Bridges improve the appearance of your smile – bridges help to replace a missing tooth, restoring your smile to its former glory.
- Bridges are long lasting – bridges are a predictable, durable and last a considerable period.
- Bridges can be made quickly – it only takes two appointments to create a bridge. It is much quicker than having a dental implant or a partial denture.
- Bridges are less invasive than dental implants – dental implants involve surgical procedures to place the dental implant and it may be necessary to have a bone graft prior to treatment if you do not have sufficient healthy bone. For anyone who is not suitable for dental implant treatment a bridge can be a great alternative.