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A bridge is a restorative treatment used to replace missing teeth by using the neighbouring teeth or dental implants as supporting structures.
At our practice we use bridges to replace 2 or more missing teeth and our patients are delighted with the results that we have achieved in restoring a natural looking smile with dental bridges.
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If you have a missing tooth the tendency is for the teeth either side of the gap to tilt into the space. The teeth and opposing the gap will also tend to drift. In the long-term this can affect your ability to have the missing tooth replaced, this means thinking early on after you have lost a tooth about replacing it is a good idea.
Dental bridges support the teeth either side of the space and also prevent the opposing tooth from over erupting and drifting down. A dental bridge should last for many years and will be a highly aesthetic and functional way to replace teeth that are lost.
The biggest disadvantage of a dental bridge is the fact that the adjacent teeth to the ones that are lost have to be prepared in order to accept the new bridge. This can sometimes mean removal of otherwise healthily tooth structure, something which dentists do not like to do.
The new replacement tooth will be suspended likea bridge over the gap. One of the disadvantages of a dental bridge is that the gum line underneath this newly suspended tooth can begin to resorb with time. As this happens a space forms underneath the replacement tooth. This can look unsightly and also result in food becoming caught in this area.
Apart from unexpected failures this is the biggest reason that dental bridges have to be replaced.
Dental implants, on the other hand, support not only the adjacent teeth and opposing teeth but also the bone and gum where you have lost the original tooth.
If you are looking for a solution to missing teeth call the practice today on 01452 524 024.