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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth which is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. It is very common for a bridge to replace 2, 3, 4 or even more teeth as long as there are enough teeth to connect to with crowns. The most common type of bridge consists of two crowns, made of porcelain or metal, which are permanently bonded to your natural teeth either side of the space, with the false tooth (or teeth) in the middle.

If the teeth either side of your missing teeth are strong and healthy, you may be able to have an adhesive bridge. An adhesive bridge is a false tooth with ‘wings’ either side of it. These wings are bonded to the inner surfaces of the supporting teeth. This avoids the need to prepare the neighbouring teeth for full coverage crowns.

Who are Dental Bridges suitable for?

Individuals who are good candidates for dental bridges will have two strong and healthy teeth in the mouth on each side of the area where teeth are missing. These teeth must have strong roots.

What are the benefits of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges can replace missing teeth without surgery. And with porcelain finishes available, your new tooth could be almost identical to the natural teeth surrounding it.

Having a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your smile and make day to day activities such as eating and talking easier. Replacing a missing tooth can also help protect your remaining teeth. When you have gaps, remaining teeth may lean over or move into the space, affecting the way you bite. Food can also get trapped in spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

In terms of function, the bridge allows a patient to chew and eat normally as there is no longer a gap. Dental bridges are an investment in your confidence, quality of life and oral health.

How are Dental Bridges fitted?

To create the bridge, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This involves creating a plaster mould of your teeth and gums, so the bridge can be made to fit your mouth as closely as possible. At this stage, your dentist will also determine the right shade for your bridge, so it matches your natural teeth.

The bridge is then custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist’s instructions. Your dentist can fit a temporary solution, such as a plastic bridge or crown, while you’re waiting for your bespoke bridge to be made.

Once it’s ready, your dentist will fit your new bridge. You will be given a local anaesthetic injection before the procedure begins, which will block any pain from your gums, but you will stay awake during the procedure. Your dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable by checking that you bite correctly with the bridge in place.

Following the placement of a dental bridge, there can be some soreness from the gum or perhaps slight sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. The new tooth may also feel slightly strange because it’s filling the gap that was present. However, these issues should pass within a few days. Occasionally, new teeth might feel a little high when you bite together. Your dentist can make alterations to correct minor problems like this in follow-up appointments.

Bridges are permanently fixed in place, so you don’t remove them for cleaning. To keep your natural teeth healthy, you need to clean the gap under a bridge with a special dental floss. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to floss under your bridge. If it is well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.

Lost two or more teeth?

If you’ve lost two or more consecutive teeth, the 33 Dental team can help. We typically recommend dental implant-retained tooth replacement because they offer close to natural appearance and function. In order to replace two or more teeth in a row, we’ll offer an implant supported bridge. An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the jawbone for each missing tooth. A dental implant bridge, replacing several teeth in a row is a great stable alternative to a denture or conventional bridge. This process can take several months, but once your implants have connected with the supportive structures, you’ll return to our practice. We’ll then design and place your flawless, custom fixed bridge.

When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, it can affect you in a number of ways. A dental bridge can address those changes, including:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Restoring the ability to properly chew
  • Restoring your speech and pronunciation
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
    preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position

Contact our dedicated team at 33 Dental Practice to find out more about bridges. Our dental care professionals will be happy to discuss your options with you.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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