21 Sep

Gap from missing teeth filled with dental bridge by City of London dentist

Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are anchored onto existing teeth in order to restore the natural appearance of a full set. They can be used to fill one or more empty spaces in the tooth line. The artificial tooth is known as the pontic and fused between two crowns which are attached to teeth either side of the gap, forming a bridge between them.
Dental bridges are needed to help restore a healthy looking smile and appearance, but can also have some other cosmetic advantages. They can help improve bite by preventing the existing teeth on either side of the gap leaning into the space, which alters the way the top and bottom teeth sit together. In a similar way they can also help prevent any changes in profile brought about by missing teeth. Dental bridges can also help prevent gum disease by stopping food and bacteria accumulating in the gap.
There is several types of dental bridge, but the most commonly used is the traditional fixed bridge, where the pontic (usually ceramic) is anchored to the neighbouring teeth. These bridges are fixed and cannot be removed. Resin-bonded bridges are when a false two is banded to the neigbouring teeth with metal strips secured with resin. Cantilevered dental bridges are only used when there is only a tooth on one side of the gap, so the bridge must be anchored to more than one tooth on that side
The procedure usually involves several visits to the dentist where he will assess what bridge is most suitable and make a mold of the teeth. On successive appointments a City of London dentist will construct the bridge. This may take more than one procedure, as crowns may need to set before being attached to the artificial tooth.
With the correct care a dental bridge can last up to seven years, and can help improve the condition of the teeth and gums around it. Good standards of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups will prolong its life and leave you with the smile you always wanted.