Patients from Chelmsford looking for a complete smile again may find the treatment they need with dental bridges

Tooth loss can be the result of numerous problems and situations including decay, gum disease, a sporting accident or general injury.

Once a tooth is lost it imperative that you have it replaced, as gapped teeth can cause a range of problems, including:

• Tooth drift, which may results in other gaps forming in the mouth and a misaligned bite.

• Speech and eating difficulties.

• Infection of the surrounding teeth and gums.

• Bone loss.

• Further tooth loss.

Not to mention the decline in self-confidence due to the damaged appearance of your smile.

However, there are numerous treatments for the replacement of missing teeth, with one of the most requested and best used being the dental bridge.

Different types of dental bridges

There are three types of dental bridges for patients from Chelmsford, which include:

1. Traditional bridge-This consists of two crowns, which are fixed to the healthy teeth opposing the tooth gap and a bridge of one or several teeth to fill in the missing tooth gap. A traditional bridge can be made from porcelain, ceramic and metal and can only be used if the teeth on either side of the tooth gap are healthy.

2. Cantilever bridge-The cantilever bridge is used when healthy teeth are only available on one side of the missing tooth gap. Crowns are used once again, but these will only be placed on the healthy side of the gap.

3. Maryland bridge-The Maryland bridge using metal bands instead of crowns to secure the missing teeth in place and is generally used on teeth that are missing at the front of the mouth, as these aren’t subject to the high pressures of the back teeth.

Once your bridge has been fitted into place it can last up to 15 years or more, as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, which may include special flossing devices to ensure that your teeth and bridge stay free of plaque and bacteria. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.