Solutions to missing teeth in Sherburn

Bridges are a classic long-term solution to missing teeth and ideal for those who do not relish the idea of wearing dentures. A dental bridge consists of a prosthetic false tooth, or teeth, held in place at each end by a crown. Just like a crown, a bridge is custom-made in a dental lab to provide the perfect combination of function and aesthetics.

If cared for properly, bridges are long lasting and look and function just like normal teeth. There are different types of bridges available depending on your case, and your dentist at Elmet Dental Care will recommend the best one for you.

Why choose a dental bridge?

Because a bridge is permanently fixed in place, it prevents many of the risks associated with missing teeth, including bite distortion, shifting teeth, and vulnerability to gum disease and jaw pain.

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FAQs

What exactly is a bridge?

A bridge is a natural-looking artificial tooth or series of teeth that can replace a section of missing teeth. Bridging the gap, the prosthetic teeth are secured in place by a crown attached to the natural tooth at either side of the gap.

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base. If the bridge will show when you smile, you can choose to have porcelain bonded to the metal base, or opt for an aesthetic ceramic bridge.

Why should I replace missing teeth if they don’t show when I smile?

The gap left by a missing tooth or teeth effectively puts greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease. Multiple missing teeth can also lead to loss of bone in the jaw, which in turn causes the facial muscles to sag.

Can anyone have a bridge to replace missing teeth?

Yes, if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing the teeth within your budget.

How is a bridge fitted?

Your dentist will prepare the teeth either side of the gap and take an impression. The impression goes off to a laboratory where your bridge is made. Your dentist cements your new bridge in place with a special adhesive, so there’s no need for a plate or denture.

How do I look after my bridge?

You’ll need to clean under and around your bridge every day to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will recommend cleaning products, such as a bridge needle or special floss, and show you how to use them.

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