16 Jun

Need a Replacement Tooth? Speak to Your London Dentist About Dental Bridges

There are a number of different ways to replace a missing tooth, each depending on the unique needs of the patient. Dental bridges are one common method for providing a natural appearance and full functionality with an artificial tooth. Placed between two healthy teeth, dental bridges can be treated much like your natural teeth, with all the necessary dental care and cleaning. Unlike dentures they are remain in place permanently. And unlike dental implants they do not require surgery.
Dental bridges come in two forms. The most common variant is the ‘fixed bridge’ which forms a very strong false tooth that is anchored by crowns on adjacent healthy teeth. The teeth either side are shaped by your dentist, two crowns with an artificial tooth bonded between them are then placed onto the adjacent teeth and fixed into position. When it is not possible to connect an artificial tooth to healthy adjacent teeth it is possible to use a ‘resin bonded bridge’. These have small metal strips that are bonded to an adjacent tooth (only a single side is necessary). This is a good alternative to fixed bridge for the front teeth as the metal bonds can be hidden out of sight behind the teeth.
Bridges normally have a strong and durable metal (often silver) centre with porcelain shell to give them the white, natural colour. It will take a number of visits to your London dentist to have bridges fitted; moulds, fitting and adjustments will need to be done over time. But once they are in place they will last for years. Continuing a good dental routine will remain essential; the bridge will require brushing and flossing as often as your other teeth.