Bridges are a successful remedy to ‘bridge’ the gap in your mouth because of missing teeth.
The benefits are endless. A bridge can improve your smile, your confidence and the structure of your face but there are benefits to the integrity of the other teeth in your mouth, which may move because of the gaps you have. It can also help in the way you eat your food and the way you speak.
This is a long term solution so much work goes into your bridge being properly constructed and fitted.
As well as the cosmetic and practical reasons for having a bridge fitted, there are health issues involved too. Food debris can be caught in the gaps and this can easily lead to decay and to the threat of gum disease.
As long as your other natural teeth are strong and healthy, fitting your bridge is a very straightforward procedure. If you’ve had to have teeth removed, some time will need to elapse before any further work can be done in your mouth. Your gums need time to heal and it can take some months for this to happen. In this instance a temporary denture will be offered until your mouth has healed. Work can then be carried out to replace the temporary bridge with a permanent fixing.
Our dentists are specialists in this procedure and will consult with you before any work takes place. They will explain the procedure clearly and concisely and put your mind at rest. A treatment plan will be set-up for you and you will be consulted before, during and after your procedure has taken place.
What are bridges made of?
Through the years, the materials used to construct bridges has changed but still, the most commonly used material is porcelain. This is then bonded to precious metal for stability. Occasionally, depending on decisions made through consultation, we use non precious metal which is just as reliable. New to bridge construction is the use of a stronger version of porcelain which is being used quite commonly within the practice but that is why our consultation with you is so important. It is from consultation that we decide, which is the best method to use and which is the most appropriate to use, to your benefit.
Dental Bridge Cost
Cost is dependent on how many teeth are missing and of course, the size of the bridge to be fitted. It’s worth noting however, that a dental bridge can appear to be quite costly, in terms of dental procedures. But it will last for a very, very long time and the benefits to having a dental bridge fitted far outweigh the costs involved.
It is important that after care is carefully followed through once your treatment is complete. It is no different that the habit we form every day in cleaning our teeth. Without following regular dental hygiene processes, you will cause deterioration in dental health and the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
There are specific products aimed at those who have a dental bridge because normal toothbrushes cannot do this properly. On consultation with our hygienist you will know which products will work best for you and how best to use them.
Please get in touch with us on 01236 763341 or use the quick contact form to book your consultation with us. (You are under no obligation by agreeing to a consultation).