Dental Bridge in Glasgow
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Losing a tooth through dental decay, gum disease, a knock or fall can be emotionally traumatic. It can also affect the way you look and the way you speak, as well as reducing your ability to chew and enjoy your favourite foods. To make matters worse, the gap left by the missing tooth can strain the remaining teeth on either side causing them to tip into the gap, putting them under additional strain and allowing food debris to collect and cause further decay.
In order to improve appearance and retain function it is sometimes beneficial to have the gap restored by the placement of a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
Where a tooth is missing it can be replaced by attaching a false tooth into the gap. Unlike traditional plates or detures bridges are designed to stay in place and not be removed by the patient. Dental bridges are held in place by using the tooth or teeth on either side of the gap as an anchor for the false tooth. If a dental bridge is designed well and maintained properly the typical lifespan of the bridge would be 10 to 15 years.
What are the main types of Dental Bridges?
The three main types of dental bridge are fixed fixed bridges, cantilever and resin retained (adhesive). You can see the main bridgework descriptions below, however if you would like to find out more give us a call on 0141 564 1900.
Fixed Fixed Dental Bridges
With a fixed fixed bridge, the false tooth / teeth are anchored to new crowns attached to the teeth either side of the gap. These crowns are usually made from porcelain with the new tooth made from either ceramic or porcelain. This solution is very stable and can be used anywhere in the mouth. It does however involve the crowning of teeth which can result in the polishing away of tooth structure.
Resin Bonded adhesive Bridges
Adhesive bridges use very powerful glue to bond a wing to the inner surface of the teeth beside the gap. These wings act as the anchor and support for the false bridge tooth. This technique is usually only suitable for small gaps and front teeth. It does however require less tooth polishing than fixed fixed bridgework.
Cantilever bridges are used where there is only the need for anchorage from one side of the gap or only one secure tooth is present on one side of the gap.
What is the process of making a dental bridge?
Making a dental bridge requires at least two visits. At the first visit the tooth or teeth are shaped for the type of a dental bridge chosen. At the Berkeley Clinicwe would then Scan your teeth using the Lava COS digital scanner and send this to our Dental Laboratory in the U.S.A. From this scan the Laboratory can then design and make the new bridge. After scanning a temporary bridge will be fitted so that you can smile and function normally.
Once the bridge is made to your exact specifications and returned to the clinic we would fit your new bridge.
How to look after your dental bridge?
Caring for a bridge is key to the long term success of it. Gaps underneath bridges occur in almost every case and require regular cleaning and visits to the hygienist to ensure that the bridge teeth do not develop decay or gum disease. As well as brushing at home there are a range of additional dental hygiens aids designed to help you keep your bridge clean.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
Dental bridgework at the clinic ranges from £750 upwards depending on the number of teeth and system used. We work with only the finest dental laboratories and technicians and as such our bridgework is more expensive than some other clinics.
What are the alternatives to a dental bridge?
The alternatives to a dental bridge include dental implants and removable dentures. Dental implants are considered to be the next best thing to your own natural teeth. The dental implants placed at the Berkeley Clinic in Glasgow are strong, safe and durable. All of our dental implants are placed in our two state of the art surgical implant suites by the experienced team of dental professionals.
Should you feel that you need a bridge or are interested please get in touch. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on the most suitable dental treatments.
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