Bridges are designed to bridge a gap in the mouth – usually created by the loss of a tooth or teeth. Closing these gaps is important to the overall oral wellbeing of the patient, as missing teeth can generate further oral health issues. Gaps can also cause a gap in confidence, which a bridge can also address.
Bridges are made up of a prosthetic tooth or teeth – depending on how many are in need of replacement – and a support structure to hold them in place either side. In most cases, this support structure is a crown that is placed on the anchor teeth either side of the gap. In some cases, however, we might use a metal or porcelain wing to support the prosthetic teeth – these will then be attached to the back of the adjacent natural teeth.
When it comes to missing teeth, we always recommend replacement wherever possible. Our team prioritises and promotes preventive care at every stage of the treatment journey, and replacement and restorations can help prevent further issues from developing as a result of missing teeth. This includes immediate issues such as difficulty eating and speaking and confidence in your smile, as well as future issues such as loss of bone density and misalignment of the remaining teeth.
Bridges are usually placed in two stages. We’ll first take a scan of the mouth using an iTero machine – no need for messy, uncomfortable impressions here! This is what will be sent off to the dental laboratory so that your bridge can be made specifically for you. When this is ready, you’ll come back to the practice where we’ll place the bridge for you.
At Diamond Dental Care, we can offer our patients a range of replacement options including implants and dentures. Here, our team knows that each patient is unique, and each patient journey is different which is why we take the time to craft a unique treatment plan for every patient. We’ll be able to talk through all your options at a consultation and be sure to help find the right replacement option for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment or would simply like to book an appointment with us here at Diamond Dental Care, simply select your preferred contact method. You can call us on 01375 373 409 to speak to our front-of-house team, if you prefer you can WhatsApp us or you can click here to book online or complete an online enquiry form.BACK TO General Dentistry
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