What are Bridges and what do they actually do?
Bridges are commonly applied to replace one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, joint disorder, speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.
How are Bridges implemented by the dentist?
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the teeth.
What materials are used for Bridges?
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. We would recommend in most cases that you consider a teeth whitening prior to any restorative cosmetic work. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or more.
Need more information?
If you are considering a dental bridge but would like more information about the process and the cost of treatment, please contact us on 0800 433 777.