Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing and can cause you to be afraid of smiling, but with a dental bridge it is possible to achieve a realistic and natural looking smile that could restore your confidence.
A dental bridge is made up of two crowns that are anchored to existing teeth with one or more false teeth in the middle. Dental implants, natural teeth or a combination of the two can be used to support the bridge. There are various types of dental bridge but there is certain to be one that will provide you with the smile you’ve been looking for. The one you choose will often depend on the condition of your existing teeth, cost and the desired cosmetic results.
The three main types of dental bridge are: the Traditional Bridge, the most commonly used bridge that is made of porcelain fused to metal; the cantilever bridge, where there are only existing teeth on one side of the gap; and the Maryland Bonded Bridge, where plastic false teeth are supported by a metal framework.
The dental bridge procedure will usually involve two or three visits to the dentist. On the first visit the dentist will assess what kind of bridge will work best for you. He will take a mold of your teeth and maybe file down existing teeth so that they can accept the crowns. On follow up visits the dentist will cement the crowns to your existing teeth, securing firmly in place your new dental bridge.
With the proper care, a dental bridge will last between five and seven years. Looking after your bridge properly will not only extend its life but also the life and health of your existing teeth and gums. Regular brushing and flossing allied to regular dental check-ups will keep your oral hygiene and dental bridge in excellent condition and will prevent any further problems down the line. Speak to your London dentist now to see which dental bridge will be most suitable and you too can have a winning smile.