At Advance Dental Clinic in Essex we offer a range of treatments for missing teeth. Gaps in the teeth have implications for your oral health, as well as the way you feel when you smile and we recommend replacing lost teeth to ensure effective tooth function, improve the aesthetic of the smile and reduce the risk of dental health problems. One option for patients with missing teeth is a dental bridge.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a type of restoration and is normally used to replace one or two missing teeth. The most common type of bridge, a traditional fixed bridge, is made up of a false tooth supported by two crowns, one on each side. Bridges replace gaps left by lost teeth and enable you to eat properly and smile with confidence.

Dental bridges can be made from many different materials, including precious and non-precious metals, metal fused to ceramic and all-ceramic bridges. Most people choose to have ceramic bridges because they match the colour of the teeth and therefore look much more aesthetically pleasing.

How is a bridge fitted?

Fitting a bridge usually involves two sessions. During the first session, an impression of the mouth is created and then sent away to the laboratory. During the second session, the bridge is actually fitted. The procedure is relatively simple and we can use local anaesthetic if you would prefer. The bridge is placed in position and secured using strong adhesive.

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge not only improves your confidence and the aesthetic of your smile, but also enables you to enjoy proper tooth function.

We can also offer dentures and dental implants for tooth replacement. Contact us today to find out how we could help you reap the benefits of restorative treatment.

 

 

People can lose teeth for a variety of reasons, it could be due to an accident or injury, tooth decay, or tooth extraction, and whatever the reason we offer dental bridge treatment for a missing tooth. Depending on where the missing tooth is in the mouth, many people leave the gap, especially of it is a back tooth that isn’t easy to spot. Leaving a gap in the mouth can lead to other issues, which can cause issues with the other teeth in your mouth, your oral health and your bite function. A gap where a tooth has been removed is an easy place for bits of food to gather and can be difficult to reach during brushing. Food can accumulate and cause bacteria to form leading to tarter and plaque build up in the gap, but also around the nearest teeth. Another issue is that the teeth on either side of the gap can start to move out of position and into the gap, which could lead to needing orthodontic treatment, which can be costly, and time consuming. A bridge consists of two crowns and a false tooth. The crowns sit on the teeth either side of the gap holding the false tooth securely over the gap. The tooth and crowns will be made to blend on with the rest of your teeth and will stop your natural teeth moving, improve your bite function and your oral hygiene. This can be done quickly and effectively after taking an impression of your teeth. Your smile will look as good as new and you don’t have to worry about any issues associated with a gap in the mouth. Other options for missing teeth are dentures and dental implants, but these tend to be used when there is more than one missing tooth. For more help and information about our missing tooth treatments and the best option for you, contact the team today at Advance Dental Clinic.