Not only are missing teeth very noticeable which can knock your confidence, they can also cause an overall imbalance of your mouth and difficulties when chewing food or even when speaking. Missing teeth can cause other healthy teeth to move, which can lead to issues such as gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Dental bridges are provided here at Glasgow Dentist, which are a prosthetic device that fills in the gaps of the missing teeth to restore your natural smile.
Commonly Asked Questions
What are bridges and how do they work?
True to the name, dental bridges literally act as a bridge between the gaps of missing teeth, connecting them to the surrounding healthy teeth. Whether a single tooth or several teeth have been lost due to tooth decay or an accident, dental bridges can fill in the gaps to create a natural, complete appearance. Attached to the prosthetic device are crowns at either side of the bridge, which connects the sides of the gap that is being filled, to the original teeth.
Bridges can be made from two types of material: metal or porcelain/ceramics. Depending on each case, different materials will be used for different purposes. Evidently, metal bridges are more durable, however are less pleasing to the eye and are often very visible. Whereas porcelain and ceramic bridges have more of a natural look, and can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. One of the most popular choices when deciding what bridges to have is to combine the metal and porcelain materials in order to create durable yet natural looking bridges. The choice of material will be completely dependent of your own budget and your desires for the final outcome.
What is involved in the process?
The first part of the process involves preparing the teeth, which are filed down slightly to ensure that the crowns fit appropriately. Following this, impressions are made of the teeth, which are sent to a dental lab where the bridge is accurately made to fit your teeth. A temporary bridge will be supplied by your dentist so that your teeth are protected until you receive your permanent bridge.
When your permanent bridge is ready, the second part of the procedure begins where the temporary bridge is removed and replaced with the permanent one, which is then adjusted to ensure that it is comfortable and fits adequately. Once approved, it will be fixed with strong dental cement.
How long will my bridges last?
Dental bridges can last as long as 15 years with regular dentist visits and a good dental hygiene routine. However, sometimes bridges can become loose or fall out. Therefore, taking care of your teeth and gums is vital to ensure the longevity of your bridges. Be sure to continue your regular oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly to help prevent any further tooth decay.
Are bridges a good option for me?
Dental bridges have many benefits compared to other dental procedures such as dentures and dental implants, where certain foods must be avoided or the overall look may appear more artificial. Some of the principal benefits of dental bridges include:
Reinforces the remaining teeth, preventing them from moving from their original position.
Improves the ability to eat and speak properly.
Restores your natural smile.
Improves overall confidence.
Dental bridges can transform not only a person’s smile but also how they feel about themselves. It can improve your confidence and encourage you to take pride in your smile. If you think that bridges would be suitable for you, contact our professionals at Glasgow Dentists today to find out more or to book a consultation.