A dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces missing teeth. A bridge is made of a fake tooth, called a pontic, which is fused to two crowns and connected to the adjoining teeth.
Why do missing teeth need replacing?
It is always advisable to substitute missing teeth because gaps can lead to an increased risk of dental diseases. These include decay and gum disease, and missing teeth can also have a negative effect on the aesthetics of the smile. People who have gaps in their smile often feel self-conscious when they open their mouths and this can affect the way they behave around others. Gaps can also affect speech and the ability to chew food properly.
Models of dental bridge
The most common type is a conventional fixed bridge, which is usually used if healthy teeth are on either side of the gap. It is anchored to the adjacent teeth and put into position. A Maryland bridge is often used when the gap is at the front of the mouth and there are strong teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. A cantilever bridge is a treatment option when healthy teeth are present on a single side of the gap. The fake tooth is attached on either one or two teeth at a single side of the missing tooth.
Dental bridges in Leeds
If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge could be the perfect solution. We provide clients custom-made bridges, which are strong, durable and will restore full function to the mouth. They also create an attractive aesthetics. The procedure to fit a bridge is simple, painless and often no anaesthetic is required. If you look after the bridge well, it should last up to 15 years.