DENTAL BRIDGES

Lost your tooth? Dental Bridges, the most common solution for replacing a lost tooth!

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge bridges a gap in your mouth. It is a permanent solution which involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth which is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. If you have lost one or two teeth but not choose to wear a denture, you may opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth. This can be done without a surgery. Once bonded into place the porcelain finishes available the new tooth will be indistinguishable from the natural tooth.

The most common type consists of two crowns, made of porcelain or metal, which are permanently bonded to your natural teeth either side of the space, with the false tooth (or teeth) in the middle.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • permanent solution for missing teeth
  • replace missing teeth without surgery
  • boost your confidence & your smile
  • eating and speaking becomes easier
  • prevents remaining teeth from shifting
  • eliminates the risk of tooth decay
  • reduces the risk of bone loss and maintains facial structure

Dental bridges are one of the tooth replacement treatments offered by Braces & Smiles at Leeds, Ripon and Bradford. If you have missing teeth and you want to know you’re putting the future of your smile in excellent hands. Book a consultation with us today and consult our extensively trained dental professionals with years of experience. Find out more about how we can replace your missing teeth and restore your quality of life.

Procedure

If a bridge is required for your case, we will prepare a treatment plan listing all your suitable options and will answer all questions you may have. After you accept the treatment plan, to create the bridge, the abutments for the bridge will be prepared. Impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory for the bridge to be made. Here, a plaster mould of your teeth and gums will be created for the bridge to fit your mouth. Your dentist will also determine the right shade for your bridge, so it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

A custom-made bridge will be made by a specialised lab technician based dentist’s instructions. Meanwhile our dentist can fit a temporary bridge while waiting for your bespoke bridge to be made.

Once it’s ready, the dentist will fit your new bridge. You will be given a local anaesthetic before the procedure begins, which will block pain from your gums, however you will stay awake during the procedure. The dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable by checking if the bite is correct with the bridge fitted in place.

Following the placement of a dental bridge, there might be some soreness or perhaps slight sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks. The new tooth might feel slightly strange however these issues should pass within a few days. Based on your requirements the dentist can make alterations to resolve minor problems if any, in follow-up appointments.

To ensure dental hygiene and have healthy natural teeth, regular cleaning of the gap under the bridge is important. Follow the advice of the dentist or hygienist, if well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.

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