Using A Dental Bridge To Replace A Missing Tooth

One option to consider to correct a “gappy” smile.

Replacing a missing tooth will not only help to restore the appearance of your smile, but will also help to prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the vacant position. When this occurs it can potentially lead to crooked teeth over time, as other teeth move their position too. Not only will this result in a less attractive smile, but also has implications for cleaning your teeth and therefore your overall oral health too.

There are three key procedures that we use at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, and we will discuss these options with you when you need to replace a missing tooth. In today’s blog though, we take a look at the dental bridge option.

What is a dental bridge?

As the name implies, a dental bridge ‘bridges’ the gap between teeth and it does so by using an artificial tooth to replace the one that has been lost. This is held securely in place by dental crowns which are attached to the teeth either side of the gap. This secure attachment means that a bridge can provide a more stable approach to tooth replacement than dentures, although it does lack some of the advantages of another popular system, dental implants.

Benefits of a dental bridge

As mentioned, a dental bridge should provide a secure replacement tooth that will offer sufficient strength and stability to eat most foods. The strong dental adhesive will hold the crowns securely in place and a bridge should last patients for many years with appropriate care.

The drawbacks

Although a bridge offers a great way to replace a missing tooth, special care does need to be taken when cleaning in and around it. This applies specially to the area underneath the replacement tooth where bacteria and food debris can build up. The teeth that support the crowns also need to be kept clean as any damage or decay there could threaten the security of the crowns. The extra care needed though is relatively small and we will offer advice on this during your consultation here at our Wickford dental practice.

It should also be noted that for a bridge to be fitted, the adjacent teeth will need to be shaped so that the crowns can be attached securely. Where these teeth are weak, a bridge may not be an option. Some patients may also be reluctant to have work done on a tooth that is otherwise healthy. There are pros and cons to nearly all types of dental treatments and we will discuss these with you so that you can make an informed choice about the treatment you feel is most appropriate for your situation. We will, of course, offer our professional advice too.

If you have a missing tooth and live in the Wickford or Rayleigh area, why not make an appointment with the Cygnet Dental Practice to discuss your options by calling us on 01268 733078.