- Why does my dentist need to work on the neighbouring teeth?
The gap in you teeth will be filled with a false tooth, which has to be anchored to the two adjacent teeth to make it stable. By crowning the two adjacent teeth, the false one can be secured to the crowns.
- Why do I need a bridge? The gap isn't visible.
If you have one or more teeth missing, it doesn't just affect the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth also affect:
Your bite, adjacent teeth lean into the gap and affect how your teeth sit
Your speech & the shape of your face.
Food can get packed into the gap. This can be difficult to clean properly causing decay and gum disease.
- My dentist says the neighbouring teeth can't hold a bridge, are there any other options?
An implant with a crown attached might be a better option for you. You can find out more here.
Your dentist will help you find options within your price range.
- Do bridges require special care?
You will need to maintain good teeth hygiene with a bridge. Otherwise your teeth can be vulnerable to infection from food particles. Cleaning properly every day will help minimize any problems with gum disease or bad breath.
Regularly hygiene visits will help minimise any problems and our hygienists will teach you how to care for your bridge..
- What's the procedure for getting a Bridge?.
A bridge takes at least two visits;
On the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth and take impressions. During this visit we will match the shade of your natural tooth, so that the bridge will match your smile,
On your second visit the dentist will fit the bridge. The dentist will fix the bridge firmly in place using a special dental cement.
- Why get a bridge rather than a denture?
Bridges look natural, and have a good lifespan,10-15 years is common.
They will maintain the shape of your face
You don't have the fit and speech issues some people people experience with dentures.