There are many proven techniques in dentistry that have lasted the test of time since they were introduced and have evolved into a tried and tested procedure- dental bridges fit into that category. If you’ve lost a tooth or two, this method would be a way of replacing them and most dentists in Maldon will be able to do this. For the overall health of the mouth and teeth, it’s important to replace a missing tooth; a gap harbors bacteria, other teeth can move into it and it can lead to problems such as gum disease and even further tooth loss. Normally, a bridge should last you a good 10-15 years if looked after and frees you to carry on life as normal; they do require a more intense cleaning program though, with specially designed brushes- a process that your dentist will inform you of once it has been fitted. The most common of bridges is where the new tooth is bonded onto two crowns and attached to the adjacent teeth. This is a very solid fixture and has to accept the normal forces that are placed on the rest of the mouth from chewing and biting, but with the introduction of the mini-implant, this has helped to anchor it firmly into place, along with the normal bonding process. Another type of bridge is used when there is only one tooth to bond to, being attached by wire and resin, though these are starting to be superseded by dental implants. But bridges are still very reasonably priced compared to other treatments and are available on the NHS. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.
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Maldon dentists and dental bridges: find out about this tried and tested method of replacing lost teeth
For as long as human beings have been on the earth they have lost teeth and as long as human beings have lost teeth they have sought to replace them. Admittedly, far fewer teeth are lost in the modern era as general health and medical standards have improved but accidents can still happen and unexpected gum disease can rob people of one or more of their teeth. Early, ingenious attempts involved using the teeth of animals or bits of flint.
We have come a long way since then and now there is a variety of ways to replace your lost teeth and achieve full functionality in the mouth. From affordable dentures to the permanent and stable solution of dental implants, patients are faced with a choice if they need a tooth replacing.
Through all the changes that have occurred in dentistry with the improvement of dentures and the advent of dental implants, dental bridges have retained their popularity. Having a dental bridge installed essentially means that replacement tooth will be secured to the surrounding natural teeth using strong dental composite. Dental bridges have the strength and stability of dental implants without the invasive surgery.
Even if there is only one tooth which the false tooth can be secure to, dental bridges can still be effective. If you have lost a front tooth, your dentist will construct the bridge in such a way that it is conceal and you have an especially discreet finish.
More permanent than dentures and more affordable than dental implants, dental bridges are worth asking your Maldon dentist about if you have lost a tooth and want the problem rectified successfully. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.
Since dental bridges have come onto the market, they have become the more preferred choice to that of a partial denture. For a start, they are permanently fixed in the mouth, they last, with care, for a good 20 years and at around £300 for the treatment, not a bad price for a fixing that allows you the freedom your lost tooth allowed you. They do require a little more attention with cleaning- your dentist will be able to supply special brushes and show you how to look after your bridge. There are generally three main functioning types on the market, although it’s not down to which you prefer, it’s down to where in the mouth you have lost your tooth. If a bridge has only one tooth to bond to using wire and resin, you will require a cantilever bridge. A similar technique of wire and resin bonding is used to attach a Maryland bridge, bonded to two or more adjacent teeth. The most popular however is a fixed bridge; the new tooth is bonded between two crowns and cemented onto two adjacent teeth either side of the gap. Aside from the vanity appeal to replacing a tooth, there are health implications too. Teeth around a gap can move and become loose. Food can become lodged around the gap and gums, and bacteria can set in, leading to tooth decay, gum disease and hence, further loss. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.
It is very important that lost teeth are replaced, whether you suffered from an accident or suffered tooth loss from decay or disease. The remaining teeth may begin to shift into the gap and eating and drinking can become painful. Your confidence might suffer from knowing that there is a gap in your smile, leaving you nervous about talking and smiling in social situations.
Dental bridges are an effective way to rectify the problem of tooth loss and they come in three varieties. In the case of a traditional or fixed bridge, a false tooth (commonly known as a pontic) is fused between two crowns. For extra stability, these crowns are anchored to neighbouring teeth. Plastic pontics are used in resin-bonded or Maryland-bonded bridge processes if it is a gap between the front teeth that is being filled. Here the resin is concealed to preserve the aesthetics of your smile. A cantilever bridge is used if your front teeth are vulnerable to lower stress and the pontic is just fused to one side rather than two.
If necessary your dentist will have to shave some of the existing tooth off. This is so that the bridge and pontic will have enough room. Just like when constructing a brace, an impression of the affected area of your mouth will be taken. Using this, a replacement tooth will be fabricated in a specialist lab. While waiting for your next appointment, you will wear a temporary bridge to keep the area stable and protected. Then your dentist will check that the replacement fits with your bite before attaching it with dental cement.
If you have lost a tooth, contact your Basildon dentist about the dental bridge work which is vital in restoring your mouth to good health. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.
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.