Having one or more missing teeth can be a distressing experience. Teeth are lost for many reasons, from decay and gum disease to accidents and injuries. At Amsel & Wilkins we offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions, with one of the most popular being dental bridges.
Unlike other missing tooth solutions such as unsecured dentures, bridges are fixed in place, and use surrounding teeth for support. Bridges are aesthetically pleasing, looking very natural. However, there are more than just aesthetic reasons to replace a missing tooth.
If one or more of your teeth are missing, additional strain is put on your remaining teeth, leaving them more prone to damage. Teeth surrounding the gap can also try to move into the space, becoming crooked in the process. This can affect how you bite and chew food and also how you clean your teeth, as food particles are more likely to become trapped in hard to clean gaps, potentially leading to such problems as decay and gum disease.
Dental bridges are a suitable replacement for missing teeth so long as the surrounding teeth are strong enough to support the bridge and have adequate bone support.
Fixed bridges require crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth joining the crowns together and filling in the space. Bonded bridges use wings attached to the backs of the supporting teeth as anchorage.
In most cases you will need two appointments to have your bridge fitted, although for simple bridges it is sometimes possible to complete treatment in one appointment using our CEREC machine.
At your first appointment your dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions of the supporting teeth and the gap. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge so that you aren't left with a gap between appointments.
Replacement teeth with be closely colour-matched to your existing teeth, which will be manufactured within two weeks. When your bridge is ready, we will see you again to attach it securely. We will also show you how to clean your bridge properly, helping to keep your teeth in top condition.Back to Treatments Click Here to Book an Appointment