Bridges and dentures are used to replace badly broken, extracted or missing teeth.
There are a number of reasons why you should replace missing teeth. 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.
A bridge is usually used where there is only one or a few teeth to replace, and when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
A bridge is a false tooth which is held in place by the teeth next to it. It is usually made of a precious metal base such as gold, with tooth coloured porcelain bonded to any visible areas to make it look natural.
Most often, the two neighbouring teeth - one on each side - will need to have crowns fixed onto them. The two crowns are then joined together by placing the false tooth between them and cementing them in place.
Case study photos - dental bridge
A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth.
Modern techniques and materials mean that dentures can now be a far better fit, making eating and speaking much easier, and they also look far more natural than in the past.
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If you are concerned about missing teeth, please book a consultation at our practice in Leek, so we can discuss the options available and recommend an appropriate course of treatment for you.