A missing tooth can be a source of great embarrassment, it can inhibit the natural inclination to smile, which is one of the most important ways to communicate, and cause self-confidence issues. Furthermore, missing teeth can cause negative alterations in profile and facial tissue sagging, resulting in a sunken appearance, as teeth act as natural supports for facial muscles.
One of the most popular ways to replace a missing tooth is to have a dental bridge. This is an artificial tooth that is anchored onto existing teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can be used to fill one or more empty spaces from missing teeth to produce the appearance of a full set. It can also help to support facial muscles and prevent sagging.
The bridge itself, or pontic as it is also known, will be a ceramic tooth chosen to closely match the size and shade of the existing teeth. It will be secured to the teeth either side of it with two porcelain crowns. By filling the gap, the dental bridge can help to prevent the build up of bacteria in the hollow and also prevent any difficulties arising with bite (the way the top and bottom teeth sit together).
There are several types of dental bridge: the traditional fixed bridge as described above; the resin-bonded bridge, when the pontic is attached to existing teeth with bonding and metal strips; and finally, the cantilever bridge, when there are only existing teeth on one side of the bridge so the pontic will be secured to two or more teeth on that side.
Dental bridges are fixed replacements and cannot be removed. If properly cared for they can last as long as ten years and can help to improve the condition of the other teeth and gums around it. City of London dentists will be able to fit a dental bridge in only few visits