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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.

Dental bridges from Basildon dentists replace lost teeth

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.