At Isle of Man Dentist we will recommend a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in malocclusion, or a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They basically span over the space where your teeth are missing. We cement the bridges to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These abutments serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the teeth either side. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing teeth, their function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, recreating a more natural smile.
Bridges have the ability last a lifetime; they can, however, sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene, have a look at the basics under our Isle of Man Hygienist. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy: brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and don`t forget to floss. Also make sure you visit Isle of Man Dentist for regular checkups and professional scale and polish cleanings.
RISKS OF BRIDGES
As with any elective dental treatment, there are great benefits but there may also be risks involved. Our clinicians at Isle of Man Dentist are more than happy to discuss any concerns with you.
There is an increased risk of gum disease. Prevent this with regular brushing and periodical professional cleaning at the Isle of Man Dentist