Bridges: Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Why is it essential to replace missing teeth?
A. Replacing missing teeth is crucial for several reasons, including maintaining an attractive appearance and preventing strain on adjacent teeth. Gaps created by missing teeth can disrupt your bite as neighbouring teeth lean into the space, altering the alignment of upper and lower teeth. This misalignment can lead to food packing in the gap, resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
Q. What are the methods for replacing missing teeth?
A. The appropriate method for replacing missing teeth depends on the number and location of the absent teeth and the condition of the remaining teeth. Two primary ways to address missing teeth include removable partial dentures and fixed bridges. Bridges are typically employed when fewer teeth need replacement or when the missing teeth are on one side of the mouth.
Q. Is a dental bridge always an option for replacing missing teeth?
A. A dental bridge can be viable if you have strong teeth with adequate bone support. Your dentist will assist you in determining the most suitable and cost-effective method for replacing your missing teeth.
Q. What materials are dental bridges made from?
A. Dental bridges typically feature a precious metal base, with porcelain bonded to the bottom of the bridge will be visible. Non-precious metals offer an alternative to reduce costs,
Q. Are dental bridges costly?
A. Dental bridges may seem expensive initially, but they improve appearance and bite. Creating a bridge requires the expertise of a dentist and technician, making it comparable to commissioning a piece of custom-made jewellery. The materials used also contribute to the cost, so it is reasonable to expect a dental bridge to be a more expensive treatment option.
Q. How should I care for my dental bridge?
A. Daily cleaning of your dental bridge is essential to prevent issues such as bad breath and gum disease. It is also necessary to clean beneath the false tooth daily. Your dentist or dental hygienist will demonstrate how to use a bridge needle or specialised floss, as more than a standard toothbrush is required.
Q. Are there alternative methods for attaching false teeth?
A. As your dentist recommends, other options include a combination of crowns and partial dentures that conceal retaining clips or specialised dentures. Dental implants are another alternative; consult your dentist for more information. Caring for your remaining teeth while addressing the missing ones is equally important.
Q. Do different types of dental bridges exist?
A. Various types of dental bridges employ distinct fixing methods. Your dentist will select the most effective and conservative bridge option tailored to your needs.
Our treatments include…
- White Fillings
- Root Canal Treatment
- Post Crowns
- Adhesive Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
Our experienced team is passionate about providing a welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and confident in the quality of treatment you receive.