When you lose a tooth, the gap left behind puts more strain on the teeth either side. It can also affect your ‘bite’ as the teeth either side of the space tend to lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. This can the lead to food getting stuck in the gap which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. One way to replace missing teeth is with a dental bridge, a small bridge which is bonded to the back of supporting teeth with ‘wings’, and very little drilling is required.
Can I get a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Bridges are only an option if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dental team will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of porcelain which is bonded to a precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
How much will a bridge cost?
The cost will vary depending on the size and type of bridge you need. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan before starting any dental treatment. Although a bridge may initially seem expensive, with proper care it should last you many years.
How should I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day to prevent issues such as bad breath and gum disease. You must also clean under the false tooth daily. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.