Bridges and Dentures
Bridges offer a permanent, fixed replacement for one or more missing teeth. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared by your dentist and the replacement teeth are bonded to these teeth to ‘bridge the gap’.
Using a bridge helps prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position if an empty space is left uncorrected which can cause bite problems and some discomfort.
Bridges are made of metal for a more natural look, the metal can be covered in a thin layer of porcelain which gives a tooth-like appearance to the bridge this is hand-made by a skilled dental technician from porcelain, with the end result being virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
Whilst the bridge is being made, a temporary plastic bridge or crown may be fitted.
When the bridge is ready, it will be fitted and small adjustments made to ensure a comfortable bite is maintained, before it is fixed in place.
Following the fitting, additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is kept clean and providing there is no accidental damage, a bridge can last for many years. Your dentist or dental hygienist will recommend an appropriate home care regime.
What is a denture?
Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth and are either full dentures, which replace all of the original teeth, or partial, which are used as an alternative to a bridge to fill gaps in your teeth.
A full denture is a removable acrylic base, or plate, which sits over the gums and onto which are crafted a set of acrylic teeth which will be made to look as natural as possible. A partial denture is attached to the teeth either side of the gap.
When fitting a denture, your dentist will take an impression and precise measurements of the mouth over a number of visits. These will be given to a dental technician, who will build bespoke dentures to the correct size and shape.
A trial denture is made, fitted by your dentist, and small adjustments made to ensure you are happy and can bite comfortably. This is then sent back to the technician, where the teeth are permanently fixed, and returned to your dentist for collection.