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Fill the gap in your smile with a natural looking dental bridge

Whether you have lost a tooth through an accident or if it has been extracted, bridges can effectively and reliably fill the gaps in your smile. Made either from porcelain fused to a metal base or from all-ceramic for an aesthetic finish, bridges use the teeth on either side of the gap as support for the replacement tooth. Crowns slot over the abutment teeth with the false tooth acting as a bridge between them.

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Why have a bridge?

It is important to replace missing teeth in your smile, not just because it can really affect confidence. Replacing teeth prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of position, causing alignment issues. It also protects the otherwise vulnerable gums.

Although bridges are an excellent way to replace a missing tooth, often perfectly healthy teeth require dental preparation, which we wish to avoid if we can. With modern dentistry, we have the option of using a dental implant in combination with a bridge to replace a missing tooth, leaving the adjacent teeth healthy and untouched.

What does the treatment involve?

We first make sure that the teeth that will support the bridge are healthy and strong. They are then prepared by removing a layer of enamel. We take impressions of the prepared teeth. These are sent to the dental laboratory. While your bridge is custom-made, we provide you with a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth.

When ready, we check your bridge, making sure it fits perfectly and making small adjustments if necessary. Your bridge is finally fixed in place with strong dental cement.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

Are bridges expensive?

Although a bridge may seem costly they can be a wise investment that will give many years of good service. It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and in this way, it’s similar to ordering a piece of hand-made jewellery.

How long do dental bridges last?

If bridges are well looked after, and that includes keeping the surrounding teeth healthy so they can continue to provide a solid foundation, they should last for over ten years.

Are there any alternatives to bridges for replacing missing teeth?

The main alternatives to bridges for replacing missing teeth are partial dentures and dental implants. Bridges are seen as a more secure alternative to partial dentures, as they are fixed into place and will not move or slip. Implants are seen as superior in durability and aesthetics, but are more expensive. Bridges can be used in combination with implants to replace more than one missing tooth.

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