Dental Bridges

Why should we replace missing teeth?

Zirconia Dental Bridges

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean a greater strain on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.

This can then lead to food getting packed in-between adjacent teeth and the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.



Can Dental Bridges always replace missing teeth?

a 3 unit dental bridges

Almost, a dental bridge needs to be supported on strong healthy teeth on either side of a space left by a missing tooth. If the teeth are strong, do not move and are healthy, they would be suitable to support a bridge. If you are unsure it is best to ask your dentist, who will help you decide the best way of replacing your missing teeth.

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your dental bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use super floss and brushes, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach. Dental Bridges have been shown to last for 10-15 years.

fixed dental bridges

Are dental bridges expensive?

Dental Bridges vary in price depending on the materials used. The more precious the material, the higher the price. Some materials which are used to make dental bridges for example Zirconia, porcelain or gold may have better lasting properties than other materials. The most common type of dental bridge is made of precious metal and porcelain. The precious metal is used to strengthen the bridge while the porcelain covers the outside for aesthetic purposes. Newer materials like zirconia and titanium may very well be used more frequently in future as a replacement for precious metals. It is important to remember that a bridge will improve your appearance and function.

What are dental bridges made of?

Dental Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base. The precious metal base is then covered with tooth colored porcelain to look as similar to a natural tooth as possible. Newer materials like zirconia and titanium have become more popular recently with the increase in costs of precious metals. In addition to this, precious metals need to be cast which can be a very labor intensive and technique sensitive process. Zirconia and titanium bridges however do not need to be cast. For more information on zirconia and titanium CAD cam Milling, see the you tube clip below about the Kavo Everest Cad Cam.

Are there different types of dental bridge?

Yes, there are different types of bridge which use different fixing methods. Your dentist will choose the most effective and conservative bridge for your personal situation. The most common type of dental bridge is known as the fixed dental bridge. In this case 2 teeth on either side of the space are prepared to accept a bridge. A Maryland bridge or cantilever bridges are other variations of dental bridges.

For More information please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0844 815 1414

Written by Bruno Silva

Dr Bruno Silva is a clinical director at the Brighton Implant Clinic. Dr Silva graduated from WITS Dental School in 2000. After moving to the UK he worked in practices in London and Brighton. He has been placing dental implants since 2003 and has since completed MClinDent masters degree from Kings College London.

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