What Are Bridges?
A bridge is a treatment option for missing teeth that involves fixing replacement teeth to the surrounding natural teeth in order to hold them in place. Crowns will be placed on the anchoring natural teeth and then an artificial tooth secured between them. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge can help to restore your smile and confidence. It can also assist with chewing, speaking, biting and your overall face structure.
Why Choose Bridges?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, NHS bridges have a number of advantages. They are long-lasting, very small and easy to look after. They are also comfortable for chewing and assist in redistributing bite force in the mouth. Finally, they help to restore your smile and confidence, making it easier to speak and supporting your overall face structure.
Alternative NHS treatments for missing teeth also include dentures.
Bridges Procedures at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group
At Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, NHS bridges are provided if they are clinically necessary. The procedure usually requires two appointments. Here’s what is involved:
- First, the neighbouring teeth will be prepped and filed down.
- Following this, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth in order to ensure the sizing and model is identical.
- They then may provide you with a temporary bridge while the permanent one is created. This can take approximately two weeks.
- Finally, you will come into the clinic for the fitting of your permanent bridge, which will be attached into place once you and the dentist are happy and comfortable with the positioning.
How to Care for Your Bridge
A bridge typically lasts for about ten years and the following steps can help to ensure its long-term success:
- Maintain good daily hygiene practices, which includes brushing and flossing teeth twice every day and cleaning under the false tooth.
- Contact us if your bridge becomes chipped or loose.
- Visit your dentist regularly for exams and cleaning.