A dental bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is both aesthetic and functional.
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
A dental bridge from Parkfield Dental will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
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It will usually take two visits to your dentist to have a dental bridge fitted and adjusted correctly. On your first visit preparatory work will be done, shaping the teeth for the bridge to fit on to. Your dentist will then take a mould of your teeth, which will be sent to the laboratory for the dental technician to make the bridge.
On your next visit, your dental bridge will be fitted and adjusted to ensure a correct bite. If you are happy with the way the bridge fits and looks your dental bridge will be fixed in place. If at this stage the shade or fit of the bridge is not correct it can be sent back to the laboratory for any necessary adjustments to be made before it is fixed in place permanently.
A dental bridge will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
Parkfield Dental Practice has a large patient list covering all South Manchester including; Hale, Bowden, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Cheadle Hulme, and Gatley. If you would like to contact us CALL 0161 445 2397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are three main types of dental bridges which we’ll go into more detail below. Each has their own unique qualities and at Parkfield Dental we work hard to help find you the right type of dental bridge so you can go back to being your confident self.
Traditional Fixed Bridges are the most common type of bridge and are usually made from porcelain that is fused to metal or ceramics. Traditional fixed bridges create a ‘filler’ tooth that is supported by crowns (that go over healthy teeth) that go either side of the filler tooth to keep it in place. This type of bridge is chosen when there is a need to replace a missing tooth where there are healthy supporting teeth on either side of them. Both of the healthy teeth are reshaped and fitted with crowns to ensure that they are strong enough to support the bridge.
The cantilever bridge is used when the patient has no teeth on one side of the missing tooth, therefore only one side of the bridge with a healthy tooth and crown. A Cantilever bridge can also be used when there are no teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. Sometimes it’s just not viable, medically or aesthetically to prepare both sides for a crown, for instance, if a front tooth was next to the missing tooth – turning that front tooth into a crown would not look good nor would it be strong enough to support the bridge. If the tooth to the side of the missing one is already supporting another dental prosthetic, restoration of that may not always be an option.
A Maryland Bonded Bridge is used most commonly to replace front teeth and is usually made from a metal framework with porcelain fused to metal teeth. The pontic is fitted next to the healthy teeth with metal or porcelain wings on both sides of the bridge. It is a more conservative option because it doesn’t require reshaping and there isn’t any need to place crowns on the adjacent teeth.
There are plenty of fantastic benefits when it comes to getting a dental bridge and at Parkfield Dental our friendly dentists like to make sure each and every client knows about their dental treatment procedure but also knows about all the advantages of their cosmetic treatment and how it will improve their overall appearance.
Below are just a few benefits to undergoing this type of dental procedure:
Because a dental implant is most commonly made of dental porcelain, a very strong material, they do not require any special care. You should still brush and floss around them as you do your natural teeth, and pay close attention to your gum health. However, because the false tooth is fused to one or more neighbouring tooth crowns, you will not be able to floss between the false tooth and its neighbours.
Our dental hygienists can show you how to properly clean your teeth and maintain a strong and healthy bridge. Our advice, in general, is that you should brush twice a day and floss then use an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Virtually any person missing teeth is a candidate for dental bridges. If spaces between the teeth are not filled in, other teeth can become damaged or drift out of place.
Bridges are designed to give patients a natural look. The colour of the bridge will vary based on the location of the teeth being replaced. How white the bridge is will also vary based on the structure and condition of your natural teeth.
A long time, in short. Dental bridges and other similar tooth appliances can last from 5 years to 15 years and sometimes even longer. If you visit Parkfield Dental for regular checkups and maintain good oral hygiene standards it’s not unusual for a bridge to last longer than 10 years.
It’s hard to give an accurate number when it comes to the cost of dental bridges as each procedure is different and each patient’s needs will differ greatly. Get in touch with us and let’s talk about how our flexible dental care plans can help you pay for this treatment.
Typically, a dental bridge is made out of porcelain so that it blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Quite the opposite, in fact, eating with a dental bridge will make eating easier. It may take a day or two to get used to having something new in your mouth which is why we advise maybe eating soft food cut into smaller pieces.
When natural teeth are missing, speaking clearly can be difficult. The fitting and application of a dental bridge to your anterior teeth will help you speak properly.
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