A dental bridge is a crown that uses healthy existing teeth to hold a false tooth in place, explains a Basildon dentist. Some patients cannot wear a denture when they lose a tooth, and a fixed false tooth will usually solve the problem. In some cases a dental implant isn’t possible because the jaw line is weak; in these cases a bridge is recommended. This is a device that is made by a technician who works from X-rays and digital photos taken by the dentist, a bridge is exactly that and it places the false tooth in the gap left by the loss of the rogue tooth. A dental bridge looks like three teeth joined together, but the clever part is that the two teeth either side of the false tooth are in fact hollow. Now, a hollow tooth won’t in itself be strong enough to hold a tooth and allow it to used as a natural one. The hollow part is just so the teeth can be fitted over the teeth on either side of the gap being filled. The teeth, although they are healthy ones, will be ground down and shaped in order to take the anchor teeth on top of them, much the same away a carpenter would make a joint to join two pieces of wood together. The bridge is fixed into position with a dental cement and once the sides are sealed and the cement sets, the teeth that make up the bridge can be used fully. Unlike dentures the bridge needs no special cleaning agent or method of cleaning, the patient will be able to treat the teeth of the bridge just like a normal natural tooth. Most dentists can carry out the whole procedure and it isn’t expensive or complicated, there is little discomfort and swelling as with other methods of replacing teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.
Dental bridges and the facts by a Basildon dentist
June 20th, 2010