Bridges & Dentures

Missing teeth, why should I replace them?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side.

A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.

Losing a tooth through an accident or injury or as a result of decay can be very traumatic. It can affect the way you look and the way you speak, as well as compromising your ability to chew. Furthermore, the gap left by the missing tooth can strain the teeth on either side causing them to lean into the gap, trapping food debris and causing further decay.

To improve appearance and function, and to prevent further damage, your dentist may recommend; a dental bridge to fill the gap.

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that’s used to fill the gap. A dental bridge is permanent as it’s anchored to its adjacent teeth at one, or both, sides using the crown technique, so the whole unit becomes one.

 

Different types of Bridges

1. Traditional fixed bridge. These are the most popular kind of dental bridge that is made of two porcelain crowns anchored between neighbouring teeth or dental implants with a pontic in the middle,these dental bridges are fixed in and can’t be taken out. The pontic is mostly made from porcelain fused to either metal or ceramic.
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2. A Maryland bridge or resin bonded bridge. Both of these bridges are only appropriate when the teeth either side of the gap are healthy and strong or if the gap from a missing front tooth. One or two wings are used to support the pontic and the dentist simply bonds the wing to the back of one or both of the teeth next to the gap, the wings of course are hidden from view
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3. Cantilever bridges. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space.
This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues. They are generally made from an acrylic material which is high-strength and durable. If you look after the dentures then this material is unlikely to stain or darken and will remain fresh and natural looking for many years.

Artificial teeth on white background.

 We provide comfortable, natural-looking dentures to suit most budgets that look good and feel comfortable allowing you to eat without embarrassment advances in denture technology mean that some foods that were off limits to denture wearers in the past, can now be eaten more easily. Socialising with a confident smile is a benefit for those  who no longer possess their natural teeth.

 If you have several missing teeth and don’t wish to undergo implant treatment, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. When you replace a number of missing teeth it can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, this has the result of making a more youthful look and can  take years off you. Explore available bridges and dentures in East Sussex by contacting us today.

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Implant retained denture

 

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