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Why would I need a dental bridge?
Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is used to fill a gap where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. Therefore 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 joint disorders.
If you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, don't delay. Come in for an examination at and discuss your options with our dental team.
How are dental bridges made?
Before a bridge can be made, the adjacent tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, our dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, our dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth. Using this impression, our dental lab then makes your crown or bridge.
Will the bridge feel normal?
The bridge will probably feel very ‘high' for the first few days. After a week or two the teeth will move slightly so that your ‘bite' feels normal again.
How long will the bridge last?
Generally dental bridges last for between six to eight years, depending on a patient's oral hygiene and how well the teeth are looked after. In some circumstances, a dental bridge can last over ten years. It will typically need re-cementing once during this period.
How does a dental bridge affect speech?
If you have had speech problems because of missing teeth, a dental bridge should help you speak more clearly.
How should I care for a dental bridge?
As with all dental procedures, good oral hygiene is important after having a bridge fitted. Because a dental bridge is reliant on the surrounding teeth, as long as these remain strong and healthy, they will offer the bridge a secure foundation. Daily brushing at least twice a day, flossing after meals and using a mouthwash will help keep teeth healthy and prevent decay and gum disease.
Furthermore, avoiding sugary foods and keeping to a healthy, nutritious diet will also maintain tooth and gum health.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. You may need a dental bridge to restore an attractive, natural smile. Many people who lose a front tooth or have a noticeable space between front teeth become self-conscious about smiling. They may think they appear unattractive to others.
Another reason is when you lose a tooth the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side. Also, the resulting gap between surrounding teeth can widen as these teeth shift or rotate out of position. When our Oxford dental specialist inserts a bridge to close the bothersome gap, healthy alignment of your teeth is restored for normal chewing, speaking and smiling.
How are missing teeth replaced?
There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth (or teeth) - called a partial Denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. The third way is by the use of Dental Implants. This is where an artificial root is placed into the bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge placed on top of this.
What are dental bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
How do I know which bridge to get?
That depends on what is being replaced. First ask yourself, are there teeth to both sides of the gap that I have? If not, then your options are considerably limited, as the floating bridge that is hooked up at both sides of gap is out of question. If only one side has teeth next to it, then a cantilever bridge is the way to go. If there are no teeth to both sides of it, then you are getting a Denture, aren't you?
The other thing to consider is how many teeth you are getting replaced, and whether or not you are thinking of getting Dental Implants.