Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left
by 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.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are usually made of a non precious metal base. If
the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base.
Sometimes, there are other precious or semi precious metals
used in the base, but this can increase the cost.
Are bridges expensive?
Although a bridge may seem expensive it will last many years.
It will also improve your appearance and bite. A bridge uses
the considerable skill of the dentist and technician, and
in this way, it's similar to ordering a piece of hand-made
jewellery. The materials are also expensive so it's fair to
say a bridge will not be the cheapest treatment you have ever
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems
such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean
under the false tooth every day. You will be shown how to
use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush
Are there different types of bridge?
Yes, there are different types of bridges which use different
materials as well as different fixing methods. Your dentist
will choose the most effective and conservative bridge for
your personal situation.