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Dental Bridges

Dental bridge is a way of replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth. It works by using the neighbouring tooth to anchor on an attachment with the missing tooth. Before dental implants this was the most used method for replacing missing teeth.

Should you replace all missing teeth?

Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for many reasons:

  • To reduce the load on the teeth at either side of the missing tooth and so reduce the chance of damage to the mouth.
  • To prevent the neighbouring teeth from moving into the resulting gap and changing the way you chew andbite.

What are the main types of dental bridges?

Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect:

  • Your smile and appearance.
  • Your bite, as a result of adjacent teeth leaning into the space and altering the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
  • Your speech.
  • The shape of your face.
  • The rates of gum disease and tooth decay as a result of food accumulated in the gap.

Must missing teeth be replaced?

Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for many reasons:

  • To improve your appearance.
  • To reduce the strain on the teeth at either side of the missing tooth.
  • To prevent the neighbouring teeth from leaning into the resulting gap and altering the bite.
  • To prevent gum disease and tooth decay due to accumulation of food in the gap.

The main types of dental bridges

  1. Traditional fixed bridge. Most commonly used type of bridge and is usually a porcelain crown on each neighbouring tooth fused to a false tooth made of metal and porcelain or just ceramic. It is strong option cemented in to place and cannot be removed.
  2. Resin-bonded bridges or Maryland-bonded bridges. These are chosen usually if there is a gap between the front teeth, and the neighbouring teeth are healthy. Usually one does not want to drill in to a healthy tooth, so this sort of bridge is stuck on to the back of the neighbouring tooth and a missing tooth is placed in the gap. This option is very conservative but has much poorer longevity.
  3. Cantilever bridges. These bridges are like the traditional bridge but only fixed on one side. As a result they are used in situations where there is not great stresses placed on the teeth, such as the front of the mouth.

What are dental bridges made of?

Bridges may be made of

  • Porcelain.
  • Porcelain bonded to precious metal.
  • All-metal dental bridges (gold).

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