Dental Bridges FAQs
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge either one or more false teeth fused to crowns that are fixed on teeth either side of a gap where you have missing teeth or in some cases the false teeth can be bonded simply to the back of a neighbouring tooth. Bridges are fixed and cannot be taken out of the mouth.
How long will a dental bridge last?
With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups it is not unusual for the life span of a bridge to be over 10 years.
How do I clean a dental bridge?
This will depend on its design and where it is in the mouth. As well as normal brushing with fluoride toothpaste you will need to clean between each end of the bridge and keep it clean underneath.
Our hygienists and dentists can advise you but ideas include: Floss with a threader or a special floss with a stiff end that you can push underneath the bridge and pull through; bottle brushes such as Tepe come in a range of sizes and shapes – we stock two or three brands and our hygienists can recommend the right type for you; water jets can send a stream of water underneath the bridge – Waterpik is one brand you may have heard of.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth. No surgery is required and a skilled technician or our in-house CEREC machine can make a bridge look so natural it’s hard to tell from the real thing. For many people bridges offer an affordable and discrete way to smile, laugh and eat with confidence again.
However bridges are normally supported by natural teeth and although good bridge design will reduce the stress on these teeth, if they do give up the ghost, increasingly complicated solutions are required. Depending on your particular dental situation you may decide that a denture or dental implants are a better solution.
Will my dental bridge look false?
This really does depend on the skill of the lab technician and our dentists, who will listen carefully to your requirements. Some patients bring us a picture of their smile 20 years ago and say "that's what I want". Others say that they want their teeth to look a little lived in - so staining and shading recreates their lived in look. Or Sarah can design you a smile digitally which may involve bridges alongside other treatments, with an opportunity to see the result before you commit. It is a hugely personal thing and we understand that.
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