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a dental bridge is a false tooth which is fused between two crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. Even if your missing teeth are causing no discomfort, dental bridges are recommended for preventing potential future problems. These could include bite distortion, caused by your remaining teeth shifting to fill the gap, and vulnerability to gum disease and jaw pain. Just like crowns, bridges are usually created from porcelain or precious metal, and are an excellent fixed alternative to dentures.
Known as a fixed bridge, it can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, but cannot be taken out of your mouth.
Advantages of bridges
- Restore your smile.
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak.
- Maintain the shape of your face.
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease and help correct bite issues. If taken care of, bridges can last as many as many ten years or more.
- Enable you to eat what you want.
- Bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
- Made up of two crowns one on each tooth on either side of the gap with a false tooth in-between.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth on either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual’s case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is cemented into place.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to a precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
The cost will vary depending on the size and type of bridge you need. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan before starting any dental treatment. Although a bridge may seem expensive it should last many years.
Yes, by having implants. The success of this technique means you may be able to replace missing teeth without crowding other teeth. For more information please book a free consultation with one of our dentists.
Remember that it is as important to care for your remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.
Dental crowns on Harley Street
Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown is tooth-shaped and can be used to improve and restore its appearance, shape or alignment.
Made in a dental lab to your exact specifications, a dental crown is a prosthetic that is bonded over your existing tooth. Crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge in place.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
Crowns are used to repair teeth damaged by decay or trauma. Porcelain crowns can restore up to 98% of the use of a damaged tooth and 100% of its appearance.
A crown functions as a cap by fitting over and covering the entire surface of the damaged tooth. Porcelain crowns are now more popular because they are more aesthetically pleasing and depending on what exactly they’re made from, can be equally strong and durable. Porcelain crowns are often used to replace unsightly metal crowns.
To place a crown, our cosmetic dentist will carefully reshape your existing tooth so that the crown will have a natural appearance and close fit. Through the use of sophisticated materials and technology, an experienced cosmetic dentist can fit you with a porcelain crown that looks feels and functions exactly like your natural tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dental crown treatment is an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:
- you may have a discoloured filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- you may have had a root filling and need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth
- it may help to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the most popular options are listed below.
Porcelain bonded to precious metal: this is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
Porcelain: these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns. But they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
All-ceramic: this modern technology offers a metal-free alternative, which can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. Therefore, it is suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
Glass: these crowns look very natural and can be used anywhere in the mouth.
Gold-alloy crowns: gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metal alloys to increase its strength, which makes it very hardwearing. These crowns are silver or gold in colour.
The dentist will prepare the tooth following the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing a layer of the outer surface, leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
Once the tooth is shaped, the dental team will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the opposite jaw and possibly another to show the way you bite together.
The impressions will then be given to a dental technician, along with information about the shade to use and any other information they need.
You will need to have at least two visits. On the first visit, our dental team will prepare the tooth, take the impressions, make a note of the shade of your tooth, and fit the temporary crown. During the second visit, your dentist will fit the permanent crown. There will usually be about 1 to 2 weeks between appointments.
Costs will vary according to the type of crown and the material used. We always give a written estimate and treatment plan before starting any dental treatment.
How long your crown lasts depends on how well you look after it. Properly cared for crowns should last for many years. Your dental team will be able to tell you how long your crown may be expected to last.
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