Why should missing teeth be replaced?
For most people, the appearance itself is reason enough to replace missing teeth. The gaps left by missing teeth can put greater strain on the teeth either side of the gap, meaning that they are more likely to be damaged. Gaps will also affect your ‘bite’ owing to neighbouring teeth ‘leaning’ into the gap and affecting your overbite or underbite. Food will get trapped in these gaps, leading to decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
This depends entirely on your own personal situation. The surrounding teeth will affect the decision quite drastically as these will be a primary concern. Missing teeth can either be replaced with a removable false tooth (partial denture) or with a fixed bridge, which is best used in situations where there are fewer teeth to replace.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Only if your teeth are strong enough and have adequate bone support. Your dentist will be able to take scans and advise you of the best way to replace missing teeth.
What are bridges made of?
Dental bridges tend to consist of a precious metal base, with porcelain bonded to it if it is likely to be visible. Non-precious metals are occasionally used in the base if cost is a concern.
Are bridges expensive?
Dental bridges may seem expensive at first, but you should bear in mind the long lifetime of your new bridge. Your appearance and bite will be improved dramatically owing to the skill of the dentist and technician. The materials used are of the highest quality and also have a cost associated with them.
How do I look after my bridge?
Your bridge must be cleaned every day, just like your normal teeth, in order to prevent problems occurring. You should clean underneath your false tooth as well. Your dentist will show you how to use special floss or bridge needles in order to clean your bridge, as normal toothbrushes will not be effective for the job.
Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?
Other methods can be used, including combining crowns and dentures, but these are particularly specialised and should be recommended by your dentist under special circumstances. Teeth can also be implanted if necessary.