- Dental bridges are usually used to replace a single missing tooth or a small number of missing teeth. alternatives include dental implants and dentures. Teeth can be lost due to an injury, trauma, poor oral hygeine or ageing, and for some it is imperative that they replaced, and it is imperative that they are replaced. This is not only for aesthetic reasons but to ensure that you are able to eat properly and speak clearly, as well as working to reduce the threat of oral diseases. There are four different. Types of bridges including
- Traditional fixed
- Maryland bridge (also known as Resin bonded bridge or sticky bridge) -cantilever (free ended bridge)
- Hybrid bridge ( May use crowns, wings, inlays, inlays or a combination of these for retention.)
What does treatment involve?
The treatment process to fit a bridge is relatively straightforward. After preparation of the teeth either side of the gap a mould of the teeth is created and sent to the laboratory for the bridge to be custom-made. It is then fixed into position using strong dental adhesive. Bridges can be made from a selection of materials like porcelain, Ceramics, acrylic and metal. Often Maryland bridges involve no drilling at all!
How long do dental bridges last?
The tooth restoration has the potential to last for several years provided that you look after your bridge well. A bridge should be cared for in exactly the same way as natural teeth.
Are there any alternatives?
Dental implants are an alternative to dental bridges, they are small titanium screws that are used to replace the root section of an absent tooth. This has the benefit of being a stand-alone treatment option that does not include the neighbouring teeth. We are happy to discuss treatment options with you and can recommend the best solution based on your budget and personal preferences. Dentures and Precision Attachments are also other alternatives.