Three Exceptional Dental Bridge Treatments Available At Perfect Smile Spa
Our Essex clinic has three main types of dental bridges available:
- Traditional Bridges
Traditional bridges work using two crowns either side of the missing tooth gap, and then a false tooth in between to replace the missing tooth. This type of bridge is the most common and is very effective at restoring the smile.
- Resin Bonded Bridges
Resin bonded bridges can be made from porcelain or porcelain and metal and are supported by a framework, also made from porcelain or metal. The framework usually sits on one side of the bridge and is fitted to your natural tooth to secure the bridge in place.
- Implant Retained Bridges
An implant retained bridge looks like a normal bridge only it is secured from underneath with a dental implant which replaces the missing tooth root.
The Dental Bridge Process
Dental bridge treatment can be completed in as little as two full appointments. Following a consultation we would take a detailed impression of your missing tooth gap. Our professional laboratory will then match the shade of your bridge to the surrounding teeth. We will also prepare the teeth either side of the gap to hold the supporting crowns which keep the bridge in place. This involves taking away some of the enamel so that a crown can be anchored securely in place. Next we place a temporary bridge until you attend for your fitting appointment.
At your next appointment we will fit your bridge and check it looks and feels as natural as possible. We will also likely arrange a future appointment to fully adjust the bridge following a couple of weeks of use where you can check it feels and looks exactly how you want it to.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have some teeth missing, it is important to replace them. It can be tempting to leave missing teeth at the back as they are, but this can cause a host of issues.
Replacing your missing teeth helps you:
- Eat more comfortably
- Speak as you used to
- Maintain facial structure
- Restore your beautiful smile
- Keep your mouth health
If you have missing teeth it can affect your bite, quite profoundly in some cases. This can cause painful jaw issues. You may also find that the teeth left behind start to move and change position because they are no longer supported by the missing tooth. The smile can become wonky and ‘gappy’ because of this and the new wonky teeth may be more difficult to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
By using dental bridges to replace your missing teeth, you can restore your smile and protect the rest of your teeth too.