Dental Bridges in Harley Street
Why Choose Dental Bridges?
- Results look natural
- Blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth
- Treatment is usually completed over only two appointments
- Improves teeth appearance, bite function and speech
Dental Bridges in Harley Street
Although our teeth are both robust and durable, it is still possible to loose them from decay or injury.
If you lose a tooth it can have a significant impact on your oral health, speech, and your ability to eat properly. The appearance of your smile could also be greatly affected.
The teeth surrounding the missing tooth can become strained and even start moving out of alignment. When a tooth is absent the bone can start to disintegrate, affecting how the face looks. Food can also become stuck in the gaps, resulting in possibly serious gum disease and decay.
We strongly suggest patients replace missing teeth with dental bridges to reduce the chance of disease and restore mouth functionality.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used to restore and replace gaps left by missing teeth. It literally bridges the gap created by a lost tooth, thus the name dental bridge.
Bridges are usually made with one or more artificial teeth surrounded by two dental crowns. These crowns are bonded to the supporting teeth either side of the gap.
As long as the surrounding teeth are strong enough to support the workload, dental bridges can be used to replace the missing tooth. They offer a low-risk, dependable restoration for missing teeth.
There are three types of dental bridge:
- The conventional bridge which is made from two crowns either side of an artificial tooth. This is a non-removable bridge and lasts many years once fitted.
- The Maryland bridge is ideal when replacing a missing tooth at the front of your mouth. If the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy, an artificial tooth can be bonded to them using resin.
- A cantilever bridge is used in instances where there is only one healthy supporting tooth present.
Am I Suitable for a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used to treat one or more missing teeth that are affecting:
- Your smile and appearance of teeth
- Bite functionality
- Your ability to speak
- Facial profile
- Increased tooth decay due to gaps
Dental Bridge Treatment Process
Fitting a dental bridge is usually a straightforward treatment for our dentists due to their experience in this field.
Generally anesthetic is not required for this short procedure where an impression of the teeth is taken, making a template for the bridge.
Your dentist will also discuss colour shades and materials so you can choose which will be the ideal match.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
The target area is usually numbed before treatment with a mild anaesthetic. Once it takes effect, you should not feel a thing.
After the treatment you may experience some sensitivity, meaning the use of sensitive toothpaste may be advised.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Generally dental bridge treatments are carried out over two appointments.
At the first, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, prepare the surrounding teeth for crowns, then fit a temporary bridge.
At the second appointment, your custom bridge will be fitted. It is possible that the bridge may not be permanently fixed at this time, and extra visits may be needed to ensure the fit is correct, however it normally only requires two appointments.
Pros of Dental Bridges
- Natural finish and blends perfectly with your smile
- Normally only require two appointments
- Long lifespan, ranging from 5 to 10 years when cared for properly
- Improvement of appearance, speech, and bite function
Cons of Dental Bridges
- Teeth may be sensitive for a short time after treatment
- Surrounding teeth must be healthy
- High standard of oral hygiene must be maintained after treatment to reduce the risk of gum disease or other infection
Alternatives to Dental Bridges
Other treatment options include dental implants and dentures. Please contact one of our friendly team for further information.