One traditional method of replacing a missing tooth is to use a bridge. This is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap. It is held in place by your existing neighbouring teeth.

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For a bridge to be successful it is necessary to have enough strong teeth with good bone support. We will be able to assess this when you visit us.

A bridge is made of a precious metal base with a layer of porcelain carefully bonded to this.

How a bridge can help

As with other methods of replacing missing teeth, a bridge can support neighbouring teeth that could otherwise begin to misalign as a result of a missing tooth.

If well cared for a bridge should last for 10 to 15 years.

Bridges are natural in their appearance as the porcelain is carefully colour matched to your existing teeth. Having a bridge fitted can significantly enhance your smile and your confidence.

The procedure for fitting a bridge

You will need at least two visits to have a bridge fitted.

During your first visit we will carry out preparatory work on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A small amount of the teeth may need to be removed to make room for the crowns that support the bridge. We will then take an impression which will be used to make the bridge and crowns in the laboratory.

At the second appointment we will fit the custom-made bridge and adjusted it to ensure a very good fit. It will then be cemented into place.

The aftercare

You will need to clean your 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 a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

Dental finance facilities

Finance facilities are available at the practice. We offer 0% interest free finance for treatments costing £350+. We will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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Please get in touch and book an appointment if you are interested bridges or any of the other ways that we can help improve your smile.

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This page was last updated on the 12 Aug 2020

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