Missing teeth are very noticeable in the dental arc. They can really spoil the appearance of an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. There are many ways to replace a missing tooth such as dental implants and partial dentures or plates, but one of the most cosmetically pleasing is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge consists of fitting two crowns to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and using this to bond an artificial tooth, or pontic, to give the appearance that the tooth has been replaced. The pontic can be made of numerous materials but is usually porcelain and chosen to closely match the colour of the remaining teeth. If the teeth on either side of the gap are in particularly good condition, the dentist may opt to resin bond the pontic in place using strips rather than remove any healthy enamel unnecessarily. A cantilever bridge is when the missing tooth only has remaining teeth one side. In this case two or more dental crowns will be placed on that side to act as extra support for the artificial tooth.
Dental bridges not only restore the cosmetic appearance of the teeth but also prevent any further movement of the teeth that can happen when a tooth is missing. This can encourage the remaining teeth to move and rotate causing bite interruptions. These can be the cause of painful and irritating jaw conditions such as TMJ.
If you have suffered a missing tooth and are keen to restore the appearance of a healthy smile, make an appointment to see a Chelmsford dentist today and ask about your suitability for a dental bridge. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.