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Bridge

Fri Oct. 16th 2015

QWhy should I replace missing teeth?

A There are a few reasons why it is best to replace missing teeth. Apart from the obvious which is for aesthetic reasons, there are other issues to consider. For example leaving a gap will cause more strain on the teeth on each side of the gap. If the other teeth either side of the gap start to move into the space then this can cause problems with you natural bite. 

QHow are missing teeth replaced?

A There are three main ways that teeth can be replaced. 1. Denture, 2. Bridge and 3. Implant.

All 3 are effective but only your dentist can advise you on what is the best plan for you. A lot will depend on the health and vitality of the existing teeth and the condition of your jaw bone.

QCan I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?

AYes, if you have enough strong existing teeth with good bone support.Your dentist will help you decide the best way of replacing your missing teeth within your budget.

QWhat are bridges made of?

ABridges are usually made of a precious metal base.If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base to reduce the cost.

QAre bridges expensive?

A Yes it may seem expensive to get a bridge but what you need to remember is that the materials that are used are expensive not to mention the skill of the dentist and technician who are able to make this prosthetic for you. If looked after properly this should last many years so it will be well worth the cost. 

QHow do I look after my bridge?

A Just like your natural teeth you will need to clean your bridge daily. Your dentist will show you the best way to clean your bridge to prevent bad breath and gum disease.

QAre there different types of bridge?

AYes, 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.