Dental bridges are a popular and highly successful way of restoring your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth. Living with missing teeth can affect your day-to-day confidence and your health but at Lyme Bay, we can help.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges act as false teeth and are supported by implants or surrounding teeth.
The most popular dental bridges are made of porcelain, a strong translucent material which is selected to closely match the colour of your natural teeth. They are also available in gold, alloys or as a composite.
Is there more than one type of dental bridge?
There are 3 types of dental bridge:
- Fixed Bridge – Traditional fixed bridges are the most commonly fitted and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is attached between two porcelain crowns which act as fasteners, holding it in place.
- Cantilever Dental Bridge – These are used for areas of the mouth that are less resistant, such as your front teeth. A Cantilever Bridge is when your false tooth is only supported on one side. Contrary to what you may think, the result looks just as good as a traditional bridge and the advantage is that less teeth need to be treated.
- Resin Bonded Dental Bridges – These are used specifically for filling the gap between your front teeth but are also an option if the teeth either side of your missing tooth are healthy and strong.
- Implant Supported Dental Bridges – Implants are the most recently used treatment for replacing missing teeth. They replace your tooth as well as your tooth’s root and are supported by implants, not natural teeth. Once the implant has fused to the bone your Lyme Bay implantologist will restore your tooth with a crown.
What does the process involve?
Our specialists at Lyme Bay are highly-trained and able to fit the bridge so that it appears to emanate from your gum.
Your dentist at Lyme Bay can talk through the procedure with you and answer any questions and address any anxieties that you may have. Our dental technician will subsequently make a custom impression of your teeth as well as any gaps.
What about after I’ve had my bridges fitted?
Bridges can last anywhere between 5- 15 years, depending on your oral hygiene routine. If you incorporate regular check-ups with us, it is likely that your bridge to last over 10 years.
Once you’ve had your bridge fitted, you’ll find that eating is a lot easier, though it’s a good idea to stick to soft foods until you’re 100% accustomed to it.
Tips for looking after a bridge
- Employ a healthy dental routine, making sure you brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
- Floss thoroughly each day.
Both of the above will make your bridge more durable. If you’re unsure about how to get the best out of brushing and flossing, ask our team at Lyme Bay and they will be happy to show you some techniques.
Commonly asked Questions
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Dental bridges can last five to 15 + years . With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, a fixed dental bridge could easily last over 10 years.
Is it hard to Eat With a Dental Bridge?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.
Do dental bridges effect speech?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front or anterior areas. Wearing a dental bridge with the anterior teeth in their proper relationship will help you speak properly.
How do I care for a bridge?
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Our team at Lymebay can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth.