Dental bridges are constructed to replace a missing tooth or teeth, instead of a denture. Conventional Bridges- One or more adjacent teeth are prepared as if being crowned. The laboratory fixes a colour matched artificial tooth to the crown/s during construction, and the whole structure is cemented on permanently in one piece.
Crowns are constructed to restore teeth that are heavily filled, discolored, broken or malaligned.
Crowning involves removing a certain amount of the tooth surface and this is replaced by a colour matched ‘cap’ to mimic a natural tooth. Crowns can be constructed for both front and back teeth, and may be made from either porcelain, gold alloy or a combination of both. As well as improving the appearance of the teeth crowns can be considerably stronger and more durable than larger fillings.
A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base.
If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base to reduce the cost.
We offer dental bridges in Telford, Shrewsbury and all throughout Shropshire. If you are interested in dental bridges please contact us on 01952 460119.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put 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.