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Dental Bridge

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a system for replacing missing teeth comprising a replacement tooth called a pontic which is attached to crowns that are bonded to the teeth either side of the space the replacement tooth will occupy.

Dental bridges are permanently fixed

Unlike dentures dental bridges are permanently fixed forming a permanent, naturally looking and functioning tooth that are less likely to fail during crucial moments like eating, talking, laughing or even singing!

What are replacement teeth made of?

The pontic (replacement tooth) is made of either porcelain, gold or alloys or even a combination of these materials.

What is a crown?

A crown (sometimes known as a cap) is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a tooth which has been specially prepared to accommodate it. A crown restores the tooth’s shape, strength and function (bite) whilst protecting the remaining tooth from further damage/decay. (Click here for more information on crowns)

Impressions

After your dentist has prepared the teeth either side of the space he or she will then take an impression (mould) of your upper and lower teeth which our technician will then use as a guide to shape your pontic (replacement) tooth so that it fits and performs (bite action) properly and looks natural.

When are dental bridges needed?

Your dentists will recommend a dental bridge when you have one or more teeth missing that may have the following impact on your oral health and wellbeing:

  1. Your smile – most of us reveal our teeth when we smile, a missing front tooth will be clearly visible. Also a missing tooth can alter the position of your jaw.
  2. Your ability to bite or chew is compromised due to the movement of adjacent teeth and affecting the way your upper and lower teeth come together
  3. The way you speak – teeth play a big part in the way we speak. Altered (though decay or damage) or missing teeth can affect the way you sound.
  4. Missing or damaged teeth can accelerate the rate of gum disease around the tooth or space as a result of the accumulation of bacteria though trapped food.

The dental bridge procedure

  1. You may require an existing tooth to be extracted if so then this is completed several months before the dental bridge is fitted.
  2. Your dentist will then prepare the teeth either side of the space to accommodate the crowns to which the pontic (replacement) tooth is anchored.
  3. Once this has been completed your dentist will then take an impression of all your upper and lower teeth and send this off to our technicians.
  4. It may take a couple of weeks for our technician to manufacture your dental bridge.
  5. You will then be invited back to the practice to have your bridge fitted.

 

Extractions are available on the NHS (band 2) and cost up to £50.50

Bridges are available on the NHS (band 3) and cost up to £219


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