Missing teeth need replacing, for one it improves your appearance, perhaps more importantly it stops greater strain being put on to your remaining teeth.
There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – called a removable partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge, and third is dental implants.
A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. It is made by creating a crown for each tooth on both sides of the space and placing a false tooth between the crowns.
I could not go to the dentist for 12 years due to a jaw problem. Amazing work has been done with 2 bridges . I could not be happier. I have one more bridge to go and have a good experience during all visits.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base (although non-precious alternatives are available). If the bridge is going to be visible from the outside a porcelain veneer can be bonded onto the base so that it matches the teeth it sits next to. Alternatively the bridge can be a fully ceramic construction to provide you with a perfectly matching natural looking replacement tooth.
With bridges and crowns there are a variety of solutions to choose from and it is important to remember that bridges can only be used if you have enough strong teeth and good bone support surrounding the area of the bridge. That is why, during your consultation, we will explain the different options available to you, answer all your questions and provide you with a written quotation setting out the different options.