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What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are restorative devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. Comprising artificial teeth (pontics) anchored by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, bridges restore both the appearance and functionality of a complete smile. This fixed dental solution enhances oral health, supports neighbouring teeth, and allows individuals to regain confidence in their smile and bite.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges offer a versatile and effective solution for individuals with missing teeth, providing both aesthetic and functional benefits. They are recommended for individuals who:
- Have Missing Teeth: Individuals with one or more missing teeth and a desire to restore a complete smile.
- Want a Fixed Solution: Prefer a non-removable option to replace missing teeth for stability and convenience.
- Desire Improved Appearance: Seek to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their smile by filling in gaps left by missing teeth.
- Require Functional Restoration: Need to restore proper biting and chewing functions compromised by missing teeth.
- Wish to Prevent Shifting: Want to prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting or misaligning due to the absence of adjacent teeth.
- Opt for Minimally Invasive Treatment: Prefer a minimally invasive approach compared to dental implants, which may involve surgery.
- Are Not Candidates for Implants: Individuals who may not be suitable candidates for dental implants due to various reasons, such as health concerns or bone density.
- Seek Cost-Effective Solutions: Want a cost-effective option for tooth replacement compared to more extensive treatments.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer several benefits, including:
- Restored Aesthetics: Bridges fill in gaps left by missing teeth, enhancing the overall appearance of the smile.
- Improved Functionality: Restores proper biting and chewing functions, ensuring efficient oral function.
- Prevention of Teeth Shifting: Helps prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting or misaligning due to the absence of adjacent teeth.
- Enhanced Speech: Filling in gaps can improve speech and pronunciation affected by missing teeth.
- Boosted Confidence: Restoring a complete smile often leads to increased self-esteem and confidence.
- Preservation of Facial Structure: Prevents the loss of facial volume and supports the natural contours of the face.
- Non-Removable Solution: Bridges are a fixed, non-removable dental solution, providing stability and convenience.
- Minimally Invasive: Compared to dental implants, the placement of bridges is a minimally invasive procedure.
- Cost-Effective Option: Offers a cost-effective alternative for tooth replacement compared to some other treatments.
- Quick and Predictable Treatment: The process of getting dental bridges is typically quicker and more predictable than certain alternatives.
- Durable and Long-Lasting:
- With proper care, dental bridges can be durable and provide long-lasting results.
At The Molesey Dental Practice, the process of getting dental bridges generally involves the following steps:
- Consultation: Our dentist assesses your oral health, discusses your concerns, and determines if dental bridges are the suitable solution for your needs.
- Preparation of Abutment Teeth: The teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the crowns that will support the bridge.
- Impressions: Precise impressions of the prepared teeth are taken to create a mould for crafting the dental bridge.
- Temporary Bridge: While the permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and maintain functionality.
- Custom Fabrication: The bridge, including artificial teeth (pontics) and crowns for the abutment teeth, is custom-made in a dental laboratory based on the impressions.
- Fitting and Adjustments: Once the bridge is ready, it is fitted into the patient’s mouth, and adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable fit and proper bite.
- Permanent Placement: After satisfactory fitting, the permanent bridge is securely bonded in place using dental cement.
- Post-Placement Check-ups: Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor the bridge’s stability and address any concerns.
The process may vary slightly depending on the type of bridge and the individual case. With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can provide a durable and effective solution for restoring missing teeth and enhancing overall oral health.
Frequently asked questions
Dental bridges offer a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits. One major advantage is the restoration of chewing function and speech, enhancing overall oral health. Bridges also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and maintain facial structure. However, some drawbacks include the necessity to alter adjacent teeth for crown placement, which may compromise their natural structure. Additionally, dental bridges may require replacement over time, and proper oral hygiene practices are crucial to prevent complications. Consultation with a dentist is recommended to assess individual suitability and explore alternative tooth replacement options.
You might need a dental bridge if you have missing teeth, as it helps restore your ability to chew and speak properly, improves your smile, and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting.
Dental bridges come in various types, each serving a unique purpose. The traditional dental bridge, supported by adjacent teeth, is a common solution for missing teeth. Cantilever bridges work when only one adjacent tooth is available for support, while Maryland bridges use wings attached to adjacent teeth. Implant-supported bridges anchor to dental implants rather than natural teeth, providing a more stable and permanent solution. For those who prefer a removable option, removable dental bridges offer flexibility. Your choice depends on factors like oral health and tooth location, ensuring a tailored approach to bridge the gap caused by missing teeth.
A dental bridge is typically secured in place by attaching it to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for 10-15 years or more.
Modern dental bridges are designed to look natural and blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, making them hardly noticeable.
Local anaesthesia is used during the procedure, so you should not experience pain. However, you may have some discomfort during the recovery period.
Maintaining good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, is crucial for the longevity of your dental bridge.
Yes, you can eat most foods with a dental bridge, but it’s advisable to avoid very hard or sticky foods that could damage it.
The process typically takes a few weeks, including impressions, fabrication of the bridge, and fitting it to your teeth.
A well-fitted dental bridge should not significantly alter bite force, allowing for normal function and comfortable chewing.
Yes, a dental bridge stabilizes adjacent teeth, preventing them from shifting into the gap left by the missing tooth.
While durable, dental bridges can break under extreme force or impact. Avoiding habits like biting hard objects helps prevent breakage.
Initially, there may be an adjustment period, but once accustomed, a dental bridge should not significantly impact chewing abilities.
Clicking sounds may indicate an issue with the fit or structure. Consult our dentist if you experience any unusual sounds with your dental bridge.
Why Choose The Molesey Dental Practice for Dental Bridges?
Choose The Molesey Dental Practice for superior dental care. Our Dental Bridges, starting from £1,950 for a 3-unit bridge, offer unmatched quality and durability. Trust our skilled team for precision and personalised care, ensuring your restored smile is both functional and aesthetic. With transparent pricing and a commitment to your satisfaction, we prioritise your oral health journey. Experience the difference at The Molesey Dental Practice—where affordability meets excellence. Book your consultation today for a complete and confident smile.
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