June 8th, 2011
So what is a dental bridge? Well, essentially, it’s a permanent false tooth, designed to fill the space left by the loss of your own tooth and there three basic types on offer, though over time, they have evolved and become a lot more refined as new materials and techniques have been incorporated into the fitting process. A cantilever bridge is used where there are low stresses going through the mouth, generally at the front of the mouth and is anchored to one or more teeth only to one side of the new tooth. A resin bonded bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth either side of the hole with resin and wire. The more popular choice however is a fixed bridge the new tooth is molded between two crowns that is then cemented to the teeth either side of the gap. Getting a bridge is a lot simpler than having an implant, although in some cases you can combine the two for extra rigidity. Fitting normally takes a couple of visits, but your London dentist will usually fit it temporarily at first to give it a test run to iron out any problems. The only downside to having a bridge fitted is that they require extra attention to detail when it comes to cleaning to ensure bacteria is removed from under the bridge. But your dentist will advise you on how to do this and be able to supply you with small, inter-dental brushes.
May 15th, 2011
Dental bridges represent and ingenious and flexible approach to replacing lost teeth so that the mouth retains functionality. Part of the appeal of dental bridge work for patients is that it does not require invasive surgery and yet the effect of teeth secured in this fashion is incredibly realistic looking, durable and long lasting.
Essentially dental bridge work consists of attaching a false tooth to one or more of the surrounding remaining teeth. Your City of London dentist will have to examine your mouth and assess the position of the gap to determine what type of bridge will be employed. This will depend on whether the gap is surrounded on both sides by healthy and strong teeth or if the gap is at the front of the mouth.
Dental bridge work requires the use of strong dental bonding to secure the false tooth to its neighbours and your dentist will conceal this bonding if the bridge is required at the front of thr mouth where it will be more visible. Understandably dental bridge work can put a strain on the surrounding teeth but the same effect can be achieved, in some circumstances, by just doing bridge work on one side only if the tooth is healthy and strong enough.
In cases where there has been multiple tooth loss and the patient has very few teeth left or even none, dental bridge work can be combined with the increasingly popular and permanent solution of dental bridges. In these situations, a dental implant can support a bridge of several replacement teeth, using the stability of the implant’s fusion with the jaw bone as an effective anchor.
April 11th, 2011
Losing some teeth can be a traumatic experience indeed and you might feel that, in the process, your dignity has been compromised. The main causes of tooth loss are gum disease, dental decay and one off accidents affecting the mouth. The important next step is to get the teeth replaced so that your mouth can regain the highest possible levels of functionality. Things like eating and talking rely on you having a full set of teeth, otherwise these simple activities will be rendered that much more difficult.
Some people decide to have dental implants to replace lost teeth. This is popular option because it is very secure and permanent but it does require some surgery. Others opt for dentures because they are totally removable. Many people feel that dental bridges are the right option for them. Dental bridge work basically involves securing a false tooth to the surrounding teeth using strong dental bonding.
There are several different types of dental bridge work depending on the circumstances of your tooth loss. Your dentist will need to assess what the state of your surrounding teeth is. If it is deemed that the teeth adjacent to the gap are not of sufficient strength then dental bridge work might not be possible. This is because it puts a certain strain on the teeth which are attached to the new crown. In many cases dental bridge work can be carried out by attaching the crown on one side only.
Dental bridge work can also be combined with the afore mentioned dental implants where the false tooth secured into the implant supports a dental bridge of replacement teeth. Your London dentist will be able to give you a full consultation to determine whether dental bridge work is the right option for you.
February 19th, 2011
It’s never been easier or cheaper to have a dental bridge fitted in London, to replace one or two missing teeth with, and to maintain the general, good all round health of your mouth. There are three basic models of bridge on the market, and choosing one should be down to what your dentist suggests is right for you. If you’ve lost your tooth at the back of the mouth and there’s only a single tooth to bond to, a cantilever bridge is the best option- similar to the Maryland bridge that does the same job, but is bonded to more than one tooth. But the most common and most popular choice of bridge is fitted to the two adjacent teeth remaining. The replacement tooth is moulded to two crowns and then cemented onto is the teeth either side of the gap. For extra strength, the bridge can be used with an implant for extra hold. They can be colour toned to fit in with the surrounding teeth and starting from around £300, the cheapest method for replacing missing teeth. They do require extra vigilance to clean around, using small brushes and floss, but like any cosmetic dental procedures, if they are well looked after, a bridge should last you up to 20 years
November 21st, 2010
Losing a tooth can be traumatic and can lead to many complications. Cosmetically it can hinder your look as well as your speech. According to most dentists in central London, a missing tooth does not necessarily have to be replaced. For vanity reasons, replacement depends on where in the mouth the tooth has been lost. But the remaining teeth have a tendency to move that can lead to infection, disease and decay, so most dentist will advise on a replacement. One method is to have a dental bridge fitted. They come in various guises- the most popular being a resin bridge that is bonded to adjacent teeth by wires and resins. With a fixed bridge, the new tooth is bonded to two crowns either side and then cemented onto the two prepared teeth either side of the gap. A rather more complex method is the cantilever bridge that can only be attached to a tooth on one side. The treatment can be carried out in a couple of visits, the first for preparatory work to adjacent teeth and for moulds and impressions, and the second for fitting. The dentist will only fix the bridge permanently once you have worn it for a couple of weeks and that you are both happy with the bite and the fit. Bridges do require a certain attention to cleaning, but there is no reason why they should not last a good 15 years with good oral hygiene.
August 15th, 2010
Teeth can be knocked out in many situations. It could be as the result of a sporting injury, a motor accident or even as the result of a particularly nasty disagreement. But having a tooth knocked out is never a laughing matter. Not only will a missing tooth spoil the appearance of the smile but it will also be very painful and cause all sorts of dental problems in the future if the damage is not repaired.
There are a number of ways your Central London dentist can replace your missing tooth and restore both the appearance and the functionality. This could involve using a dental implant or even a partial denture. However, one of the most effective and popular choices is the dental bridge.
A dental bridge is just as it sounds, an artificial tooth that literally bridges the gap created by the missing tooth. The artificial tooth, or pontic from the Latin for ‘bridge’, will be attached by either two dental crowns or resin bonded strips. This will very much depend on the condition of the adjacent teeth.
The dental bridge will last up to fifteen years if it is properly cared for with effective brushing and flossing. The other major advantage of the dental bridge is the cost. When compared to other dental substitutes, the dental bridge is very cheap yet still very effective. You may have to be slightly careful when eating harder foods but other than that, the dental bridge will behave and appear just like a real tooth. If you have suffered a knocked out tooth or need to replace an old dental substitution then make an appointment to discuss dental bridges with your Central London dentist.
August 5th, 2010
A London dentist has been talking about the benefits of having a Bridge fitted to solve the problem of the need for a false tooth. We can all so easily lose a tooth which leaves an unsightly gap; the problem is how do we fill that gap? First choice to many people would be a denture, but many people just don`t get on with dentures and they are high maintenance. Next choice may be a Dental Implant, but these can take months to complete the fitting, the last choice would be have a Bridge fitted. A Bridge is a false tooth that is held in position by being anchored to the good teeth either side of the gap; it looks like 3 teeth because it is just that in a way. The good anchor teeth are filed down to a square, this is the exact same size as the inside hollow of the anchor teeth, which are also made of porcelain. The anchors are fitted over the teeth and cemented on; this allows the false tooth in the middle to be suspended safely to fill the gap. It can be used the same as any of your own natural teeth, and if it become damaged it is easily replaced in a few weeks. The cleaning of the bridge is just the same as for all your other teeth, and they will still need a Tartar clean up every 6 months, it won`t appear obvious either and most wearers forget they have one in.
July 7th, 2010
Restorative dentistry aims to repair damage that has been caused by dental trauma. This includes when teeth have been knocked out or lost due to decay. There are several methods of replacing missing teeth that include dental bridges and partial dentures. However, perhaps the most realistic and certainly the most permanent is called a dental implant.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw that is anchored directly into the jawbone. Once it is there it will need several weeks or even months to properly fuse with the natural tissue and bone in the jaw. Once solid, the dentists can then attach a post followed by an artificial tooth to the implant. In this way it is the only dental restoration to replace the whole of the tooth from root to tip.
Unlike most other restorations, the dental implant is a permanent solution that does not need to be replaced. Because it replaces the whole of the tooth, including the root, it is also a lot more stable and less likely to suffer damage than a dental bridge. It also means that patients are free to enjoy any food without having to worry about the damage.
London dentists also offer mini-implants to patients who wear dentures. These are a series of smaller implants that are used as a stable and permanent base for dentures. This alleviates the anxiety felt by many denture wearers that they are going to fall out at inopportune moments and means they do not have to resort to sticky and messy denture adhesives.
July 5th, 2010
If you are suffering from a missing tooth that is spoiling the appearance of your smile, you may want to consider a dental bridge to restore the appearance of your smile. Dental bridges are one of the most common ways of restoring missing teeth and giving you back a healthy and happy smile.
A dental bridge is made by using dental crowns attached to the adjacent teeth and an artificial tooth attached to the crowns to literally bridge the gap. The crowns are fixed to the teeth on either side and left to set for a few weeks. When this has happened the dentist will then attach the bridging tooth, also known as the pontic, using resin bonding and small strips of metal. In some cases, if the teeth are in very good condition, the dentist may simply attach the pontic using resin bonded strips to save removing healthy enamel in order to fix the crowns. In cases where there are only teeth on one side, it is possible to manufacture a cantilevered bridge.
Dental bridges can last up to twenty years if they are properly maintained but in most cases last between ten and fifteen. They are a valuable way of creating the appearance of a full set of healthy teeth and also serve a useful physiological purpose, acting as a rigid structure for the facial tissue. They also have fairly obvious aesthetic purposes.
There are other ways to replace missing teeth available from London dentists that include dental implants and partial dentures but a dental bridge is very often the most affordable option. Discuss with your dentist your options to replace your missing tooth and to find out more about dental bridges and their potential benefits for your smile.
June 22nd, 2010
If a tooth becomes damaged either by decay or as the result of an accident it may be possible that bacteria can penetrate the protective layer of enamel and cause an infection in the inner, sensitive part of the tooth. This could be the source of great pain and further dental complications, which could ultimately result in losing the tooth.
It may be possible to add further protection to the tooth and prevent bacteria infiltrating by filling the cavity with composite bonding, but if the damage is too large it will require a dental crown. Dental crowns cover all parts if the tooth that are exposed above the gum line. Traditionally they have been made from metal, ceramic or a combination of both. However, more and more patients are opting for ceramic porcelain crowns because of the superior visual appearance of porcelain. This is because porcelain bears a distinctive resemblance to tooth enamel and can be closely matched for colour.
The crown will be designed and manufactured by your London dentist either from dental moulds or using the latest digital x-ray technology. The crown will then be sculpted to fit your tooth perfectly and look similar to the other teeth. The dentist will then need to remove some of the enamel from the tooth so that the new crown can fit over it comfortably. It will then be cemented in place with dental bonding.
Dental crowns then protect the tooth from any further damage and the threat of nasty dental infection. Crowns are also used for several other reasons including after a root canal treatment and to support a dental bridge or other dental restoration.