If you have one or more teeth missing, a dental bridge can be a great option for replacing it.
Dental Bridges explained
How does a bridge work?
A dental bridge essentially 'bridges the gap' in your teeth. To do this, your dentist will attached a new tooth to the two teeth that surround your gap. A dental bridge is a permanent solution for a missing tooth, meaning you can be free to enjoy the foods you love again, without concern for your missing tooth!
What do they look like?
Bridges are usually made from metal, but depending on your required finish, they can be made with a porcelain outer layer to blend more naturally with the rest of your teeth. However, if you're looking for a seamless finish, dental bridges can be make completely from porcelain to create an almost indistinguishable look.
How are they fitted?
To create the bridge, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This involves creating a plaster mould of your teeth and gums, so the bridge can be made to fit your mouth as closely as possible. Your dentist will then take a second impression to make the bridge the exact shape. In the meantime, your dentist can fit a temporary solution, such as a plastic bridge or crown, while you're waiting for your bespoke bridge to be made. Once it's ready, your dentist will ensure it's a perfect fit, and you can bite as normal with it in place.
Once it's in place, you'll need to take particular care of your bridge as additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.
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