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Do you wish you could chew with both sides of your mouth, but end up just using one side because of a missing tooth?
If this is the case, then a dental bridge might be the treatment you’ve been looking for.
As the name implies, a dental bridge connects across two teeth replacing a middle one which has been extracted or lost.
As long as the teeth either side of an extracted tooth remain healthy, a dental bridge is an option for you. It can prove lower cost and less complex than choosing a dental implant. But the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth do need to be treated too, in preparation for the dental bridge being fitted.
The treatment relies on setting up the teeth next to the missing tooth so they are in condition to bond the dental bridge. The end result is that this bridges the extracted tooth, leaving what appears to be three healthy teeth. This treatment depends on a healthy tooth on each side of the gap for the traditional dental bridge to work.
More about Dental Bridge
The amount a traditional dental bridge costs can vary significantly. It comes down to the level of prep work needed on the teeth that will support the bridge. It is normal to recommend an initial dental hygiene appointment to see that the teeth are clean, and that your gums are healthy.
If you have a few missing teeth in a row, a cantilever dental bridge may be called for. A cantilever dental bridge is like a traditional dental bridge. But rather than being bonded to healthy teeth each side of the gap, it is bonded to the only healthy tooth available. It provides the same result but uses a different technique to achieve it.
A further option is the dental implant bridge. This uses a dental implant to bond the dental bridge rather than a healthy tooth, where a healthy tooth is not available. So what would have been the anchor tooth for bonding purposes is substituted with a dental implant. In this way, a single dental implant bonded to a three-tooth dental bridge can fill a gap left by three missing teeth. So three dental implants are not required.
The initial appointment lasts approximately one hour. In this time, your teeth will be scanned so that our lab can make a dental bridge which matches your existing teeth well. You will then have a temporary bridge fitted to ensure you are looked after while the lab creates your final bridge and sends it to us. Two weeks later you will have a further appointment so that your temporary bridge can be replaced with your bespoke, proper bridge.
To understand which treatment is most appropriate for you, the best thing to do is to arrange a dental consultation appointment with us. When you are in, we’ll x-ray your teeth and explain the treatment options which would work for you. We’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each option and give you accurate prices for any treatment we recommend. You can then make your final choice in your own time.
Typically, dental bridges will last five to ten years. Because dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, they are often preferable to dental bridges with this shorter lifespan.
Dental implants normally turn out to be a better option than a dental bridge. This is because an implant does not rely on the support of the teeth adjacent to the gap as a dental bridge does. As a dental implant stands alone, it is intended to be a permanent fixture. If looked after properly, it should never need to be replaced.
Dental Bridge - The Process
Dental Bridge Examination
If you’re considering whether a dental bridge is the best choice for you, book a dental examination. In a one-hour appointment we can examine the area you are concerned about and recommend the best treatment. We may x-ray your teeth while you are in, so that we can understand what’s going on below the gum line.
Dental Bridge Preparation
At this one-hour session your dentist will prepare your mouth to receive the dental bridge. This involves readying the teeth next to the gap so that they are ready to bond with the new dental bridge after it is constructed.
While you wait for the final dental bridge we can fit a temporary bridge for you.
Dental Bridge Fitting
When your dental bridge is complete, you will return for a 30-minute appointment where your new bridge will be fitted.