July 17th, 2012
Tooth loss can occur at any age, whether due to accident, tooth decay or gum disease. Although there are many different causes of tooth loss the solution to the problem should always be to replace the missing tooth. A missing tooth gap can lead to a whole host of problems for patients in Chiswick and throughout the UK, including:
- Tooth drift: This occurs when the surrounding teeth move into a new alignment, due to the missing area in the mouth. This causes the smile to look skewed and off balanced.
- Gum disease and tooth decay: Because the gums are more exposed bacteria is able to penetrate them faster and more effectively, leading to gum disease and potentially tooth decay. This in turn makes the teeth surrounding the gap more susceptible to further tooth loss, which can then spread from tooth to tooth.
- Difficulties eating and speaking: If a missing tooth gap is left and misalignment and further decay occurs this can affect the bite of your teeth, which will making eating and speaking a great deal more difficult.
- Appearance and self-esteem issues: A damaged smile can also cause much emotional distress, with many tooth loss sufferers covering their mouths when they smile or laugh.
What is a dental bridge and how can it help restore my smile?
A dental bridge uses the surrounding teeth to stabilise a false tooth and hold it in place. A bridge can come in three forms:
1) Traditional bridge: This uses the teeth on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place. Crowns are added to the two teeth, which hold your new tooth in place.
2) Cantilever bridge: This type of bridge is used when only the teeth on one side of the tooth is healthy and so crowns are only added to the healthy side.
3) Maryland bridge: This form of bridge is used to replace the front teeth and uses metal bands attached to the surrounding teeth rather than crowns.
June 2nd, 2012
Dental bridges can be used to deal with these sorts of issues for patients near Ealing and throughout the UK and unlike dentures they are a permanent fixture. They are made from dental grade porcelain and will be linked to the surrounding teeth to keep them securely in place.
The process takes about two appointments. During the first a mould is taken of the mouth, which will be used to create your personalised bridge. In the interim a temporary bridge is fitted. The second appointment occurs about a week later when the custom bridge has been created. The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is securely fixed into place.
The types of dental bridge
There are three main types of dental bridge and each is used to deal with different issues and areas of the mouth. A Maryland bridge is generally used when only a singular tooth needs to be replaced. The restoration is made from dental grade porcelain and has two metal wings. These wings are then bonded onto the rear of the adjacent teeth so there is no visible link and the tooth looks completely natural.
The next type of bridge is the cantilever bridge, which is usually only used at the front of the mouth. Again this type of bridge is best suited to replacing a single tooth. The restoration is fixed to one of the adjacent teeth to keep it in place. Due to the single fixing these are only used where less stress and force is likely to be used.
The last option is known as a traditional fixed bridge. This option usually consists of at least 3 porcelain restorations and the adjacent teeth on both sides will be prepared in order to have the bridge permanently fixed to them into place. Like crowns bridges can last for an average of around ten years, provided they are properly cared for.
May 5th, 2011
Gaps affect our teeth in all sorts of ways. Whether you’ve been unfortunate enough to lose a tooth or your teeth fall naturally far apart from each other, dental bridges offer an easy solution not only to improve the quality of your smile but also to ensure the best oral hygiene for your mouth. Alas losing problem teeth doesn’t mean ridding of your dental troubles. Bacteria thrive in the spaces between our teeth, and while some bacteria work in your mouth’s favour, there are also dangerous forms of oral bacteria that lead to the build up of plaque, causing tooth decay and gum disease. So although no one wants to face the camera with a glaring gap between their teeth, it is also important to remember how easy food remains gather between teeth that are left untreated. Furthermore the missing teeth put a fair amount of strain on the surrounding teeth, which can start to lean into the gaps and potentially cause more damage to your mouth.
A dental bridge puts an end to complaints such as these by replacing the gap with a securely fitted prosthetic tooth. Your dentist is able to tailor the new tooth to your mouth, so that if you choose to have a porcelain replacement it will be impossible for those around you to spot which of your teeth are real. And the benefits are endless. On an aesthetic level, you will of course be able to smile with confidence for the camera. On a more serious note however you will be able to chew your food easily and in the correct way, and, if your speech has been affected by the gaps in your teeth, it will now be restored to normal. Protect the teeth you have left and keep your dental visits to a minimum.
Sparkle Dental Boutique are here to add a little ‘sparkle’ to your smile
Call into your Chiswick dentist today and find out about building bridges to a better way of life and a tiptop, healthy set of teeth.