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With a dental bridge, you can do just that, using the teeth either side as a secure anchor to keep the replacement in place permanently.
Bridges restore your smile by getting rid of gaps. And they also play an essential role in maintaining general oral health by restoring the bite function and preventing neighbouring teeth from crowding into the space left behind.
Replaces missing teeth
Restores aesthetics and function
Prevents future orthodontic problems
Lets you smile again with confidence
There are several types of dental bridges to choose from. Don’t worry if this all sounds a little technical – our experienced team can talk you through the options and let you know which type will work best for you.
We use these when there are healthy teeth on either side of the gap to rely on for support. We may fit crowns to strengthen them before installing your new prosthetic tooth. Traditional bridges are typically made from ceramics or porcelain which can fuse to metal.
If there is a healthy tooth only on one side of the gap, all is not lost. A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. However, it relies on just one adjacent tooth for support.
These are sometimes referred to as resin-bonded bridges and can be made from a combination of porcelain, metal, plastic and resin. They are fixed to the adjacent teeth using porcelain or metal wings.
In true Love Teeth style, we’ll start with a consultation to find out whether a bridge is right for you. We’ll let you know a bit more about the different types of bridges on offer, and we may take an X-ray of your jaw to make sure it’s the best course of action.
At your first appointment, we’ll prepare the teeth on either side of the gap, making minor adjustments to their shape to ensure they can easily support the prosthetic tooth. We’ll then fit a temporary bridge while the permanent one is precision-engineered in the laboratory.At a follow-up appointment, we’ll replace the temporary bridge with its permanent replacement. This will match the shade and shape of your existing teeth for a completely seamless look. We’ll see you again in a few weeks to make sure you’re 100% happy with your new bridge, and we can also make any adjustments if necessary.
Loose dentures surrounded by even looser teeth prevented this patient from smiling and eating.
We used upper and lower implants to support fixed acrylic bridgework. Can you spot the difference?
A dental phobia and 20 years of missed dentist appointments led to decay and missing teeth.
A series of five implants and a fixed bridge soon had our patient smiling and enjoying food again.