Missing a tooth can often affect the confidence of a patient. It can change the look of your smile, affect your bite and indirectly result in placing additional stress on the remaining teeth when eating. Often the adjacent teeth can move and tilt resulting in difficult to clean spaces between the remaining teeth. There are various different options to replace a missing tooth or teeth (Implants, dentures or bridges).
A traditional method of replacing a missing tooth with a fixed replacement is to use a bridge. A bridge is where a false tooth is held in the position of the missing tooth by being anchored to one or more of the neighbouring teeth. For a bridge to be successful it is necessary to have strong teeth either side of the space with good bone support.
You will need at least two visits to have a bridge fitted. During your first visit we will carry out preparatory work on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A small amount of the teeth may need to be removed to make room for the crowns that support the bridge. We will then take an impression that will be used to make the bridge and crowns in the laboratory. Temporary crowns are placed, or a temporary bridge if suitable before you leave the surgery. At the second appointment we will try the bridge to make sure you and the dentist are happy with the fit and appearance, if needed it can be adjusted to ensure a very good fit. It will then be cemented into place once you are completely happy.
There are many types of bridges available and a choice of materials. Due to the specific nature of this treatment, at the Bretton Dental Practice your dentist will advise you as to which type is most suitable for your individual case and the choice of materials available.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent bad breath.