Replace missing teeth and restore your smile with our dental bridges. Andrew Thomas Dental Care provides expertly crafted bridges, ensuring a natural look and comfortable fit.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration used to replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, that are supported by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges not only restore the appearance of your smile but also improve your ability to chew and speak properly.
Benefits of dental bridges:
- Improved appearance: Dental bridges fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, giving you a complete and natural-looking smile.
- Restored functionality: With dental bridges, you can chew and speak properly, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and communicate without any difficulty.
- Preventing dental issues: By filling the gaps, dental bridges help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and causing alignment problems.
What is the process for having bridges fitted?
The process for having bridges fitted typically involves several steps. First, your dentist will examine your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental bridges. Then, they will prepare the abutment teeth, which are the adjacent teeth that will support the bridge. This involves removing a small portion of enamel to make room for the bridge.
Next, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom-made bridge that fits appropriately in your mouth. While the bridge is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect your teeth and gums.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will carefully place it and make any necessary adjustments to enable a comfortable fit. They will also provide instructions on how to care for your new bridge and maintain good oral hygiene.
Overall, the process for having bridges fitted is a collaborative effort between you and your dental team to restore your smile and improve your oral health.
Frequently asked questions
We've compiled a list of common questions about this treatment. If you have any other queries, please get in touch.
- How long do dental bridges last?
The lifespan of dental bridges can vary depending on various factors, such as oral hygiene practices and the overall health of the supporting teeth and gums. However, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer.
- Are dental bridges removable?
No, dental bridges are not removable. They are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented or bonded onto the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Once properly placed, they function and feel like natural teeth and cannot be taken out for cleaning or other purposes.
- Will dental bridges affect my speech?
Initially, you may experience some difficulty with speech as your mouth adjusts to the presence of the dental bridge. However, with time and practice, most people adapt quickly and regain normal speech patterns. The dental bridge should not have a significant impact on your ability to speak clearly.