Losing a tooth or teeth can be a traumatic experience whether it was the result of an accident, gum disease or dental decay. But it is imperative that you get them replaced so that your mouth can function again as it is meant to, allowing you to eat, drink and talk in comfort. There are a number of options which your dentist will be able to discuss with you such as dentures or dental implants but dental bridges are popular because they are more permanent than dentures and less invasive than dental implants.
In dental bridge work, replacement teeth are basically anchored to healthy teeth which are still in the mouth and there are three main types of dental bridge. Traditional or fixed bridges are the most common form. A replacement tooth is able to be anchored on both sides because the gap is surrounded by two healthy teeth. This is the ideal situation for dental bridge work because it provides the most stability.
Cantilever bridge work is carried out where the replacement tooth can only be secured on one side. This technique will be used if the tooth on the other side is not healthy enough to be a part of the bridge work. The third type of dental bridge is called a Maryland-bonded or resin-bonded bridge. This consists of bridge work where it is imperative that the resin used to anchor the replacement is concealed. This might be appropriate when a tooth at the front of the mouth needs to be replaced and the patient is concerned about not compromising on aesthetic appeal.
Talk to your City of London dentist if you have lost a tooth or teeth and need more information about dental bridge work.