Why should I replace missing Teeth?
A There are many reasons for replacing missing teeth. It can dramatically improve appearance and function. The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth either side of the gap. These can cause these teeth to fracture especially if they have already been filled. A gap can also mean your 'bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends on the number of teeth missing and the condition of the adjacent teeth. Missing teeth can be replaced by a denture (false teeth) which you take out
each night, a bridge which is fixed into position or implants that are integrated with the bone
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
No. It depends on the number of teeth missing, the condition of the adjacent teeth and how well you Bridges are made of a variety of materials. They can be made of
precious alloy metal and can be coated with porcelain to make them look like natural teeth. Metal free bridges can also be made of just porcelain or Zirconia.
Are bridges expensive?
Although a bridge may seem expensive it will last for many years. It will improve your appearance, bite and stop damaging other teeth. A bridge uses the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, who work very closely to ensure a good fit. The cost is dependant on the complexity of the tooth preparation required, the aesthetics and the materials used.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use special floss or interdental brushes, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
Are there different types of bridge?
Yes, there are different types of bridge which use different fixing methods. Your dentist will choose the most effective and conservative bridge for your personal situation.