Dental Bridges – Harley Street Dentist
Dental bridges have been used in dentistry for some time now. They usually consist of one or a few teeth which are attached to the adjoining remaining teeth. If the missing teeth are not replaced, the teeth either side of the gap will eventually move into the available space and become crooked. Not only does this not look particularly good but it can affect the bite of the person too.
By fixing the bridge to the adjoining teeth, this negates the need for an uncomfortable plate which is a great advantage to those who find plates uncomfortable and difficult to use.
Usually, once a tooth has been lost or removed, it is necessary to wait a few months before a bridge is fitted in order to allow time for the gum to heal. The exception to this is if dental implants are used to hold the bridge in place. This is increasingly becoming the preferred method – it does not involve the use of a plate and there is no need to attach the dental bridge to the adjoining teeth. The latter method, which although well proven, does involve removing a small section from the side of the adjoining teeth to enable the bridge to be fitted securely.
The other advantage for using dental implants to hold a dental bridge in place is that it acts in effect as the root of the tooth and allows the bone in the jaw to remain strong and healthy and not disappear as it would if there were nothing for it to bond to.
Your dental bridge should of course be cleaned correctly and regularly, and your dentist will advise the best method to do this. Providing that good care is taken of a bridge and regular check ups are made, then there is every chance that a bridge will last between ten and fifteen years.
Once a bridge has been fitted, you may find it advantageous to eat a soft food diet for a while, gradually moving to harder foods to avoid excess strain on your bridge. This need only be a temporary measure until you become more confident.
A dental bridge will not only improve your smile and confidence but also minimise the risk of your remaining natural teeth becoming misaligned through having no lateral support.