Bridges are used to replace 1 or more missing teeth.
The teeth adjacent to the gap are crowned and artificial teeth are attached to these teeth.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your 'bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Yes, if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing the teeth.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Some of the bridges can be made only from specially reinforced ceramic/porcelain.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Our hygienist will show you how to use a special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach all areas.