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Dental bridges

Dental bridges

Dental bridges are a common restoration used to fill the gap of missing teeth. It involves replacing the missing teeth with a false one bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.

Two main types of dental bridges are available, but the most common consists of two crowns made with metal or porcelain, permanently bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the space with a false tooth in the middle.

If the teeth on either side of the missing teeth are healthy and strong, you can have an adhesive bridge – the second most common dental bridge. An adhesive dental bridge is a false tooth with wings on both sides. The wings will be bonded to the inner tooth surface to support the bridge, so the neighbouring teeth do not need crowns.

Benefits of dental bridges

Dental bridges are a permanent option for replacing missing teeth, and they do not require surgery like dental implants. If you get porcelain dental bridges, the result will be similar to your natural teeth and difficult to notice.

Fitting a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth can boost your confidence when smiling and makes carrying out your oral function like talking and eating easier. It also protects your other teeth by preventing teeth movement, which can affect your bite.

Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can reduce the risk of food getting stuck between the spaces in your teeth and causing tooth decay. Investing in dental bridges generally improves your oral health and quality of life.

Alternatives to dental bridges

Different options for replacing missing teeth are available, so it is essential to check all your options and discuss them with your dentist before opting for any teeth replacement option.

Some alternatives to dental bridges include:

  • Partial or full dentures

They consist of metal or removable plastic frameworks attached to false teeth.

  • Dental implants

These are a false porcelain tooth (crown) fitted on a titanium implant fixed in the jawbone.

Your dentist can help you decide on a more suitable option depending on your oral health and expected outcome. You can only get dentures and bridges on the NHS, but private dental clinics also offer dental implants.

Cost of dental bridges

Generally, dental bridges cost more than dentures because they are more comfortable. Consider fitting dental bridges as an investment that preserves your oral health and other natural teeth.

The cost of dental bridges varies widely but usually starts from £100, depending on the material of the dental bridge and its location.

Dental bridges procedure

To create your dental bridge, the dentist will take your dental impression. This process involves making a mould of your gums and teeth to ensure the bridge fits perfectly. During this appointment, your dentist will choose a bridge that matches your natural tooth shade.

When your dentist sends the impression to the lab, the dental lab technician will make your bridge – your dentist may fit a temporary solution such as a crown or plastic bridge. You would have your next appointment when the bridge is ready.

The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic injection during this appointment to numb your gums, then fit the new bridge. The dentist will ensure the dental bridge fits your bite correctly.

Aftercare

After your dental bridge placement, you may experience sore gums or a minor sensitivity to cold and hot food and drinks. Your new teeth may feel off, but you will get used to the bridge within a few days.

If your new teeth feel slightly high when you bite together, your dentist can make minor changes and fix other issues during your follow-up appointment.

Dental bridges are permanent when fixed correctly, so you don’t need to remove them for cleaning. Ensure you maintain good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and dental bridge clean, and use special dental floss to clean the space under your bridge. Your dentist will show you how to floss under your bridge properly. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for several years.

If you have one or more missing teeth and need a good replacement option, visit Smile Dental Clinic to fit a dental bridge. You can also call us on 020 7139 8611 to speak to our dentist about your teeth replacement options or schedule an appointment.