A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that bridges a gap, it is attached to one or both of the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental bridges may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in your bite not being as good. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Dental Bridge Benefits
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Though the material of choice now is often a zirconia based material as it is able to combine strength and cosmetically pleasing results.
A long term solution, a dental bridge will help restore the ability to chew and eat properly. By replacing missing teeth, your bite will have improved force. A dental bridge will help maintain the shape of your face by preventing the remaining teeth from moving out of position. It will restore your radiant smile.
As can be seen in the photographs above, the bridged tooth can be made to look very natural, so that you or anyone else looking at it should think it is a natural tooth. The colour can be matched with the colour of the rest of your teeth and the tooth is shaped so it looks like it emerges out of your gum like a natural tooth.
To find out more about our dental bridge procedure and costs, or our full range of cosmetic dentistry services, contact our friendly Edinburgh dental practice team today. To find our Edinburgh dental practice view our map location for details of local transport links.
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