Q Why is it important to replace lost teeth?
A There are many reasons as to why missing teeth should be replaced. The most obvious reason is to improve the aesthetics of the smile, as missing teeth may have implications for confidence and self-esteem. Missing teeth can also increase the risk of oral diseases and cause the neighbouring teeth to move, which may result in orthodontic problems. Gaps in the teeth can also make it difficult to chew and eat properly and may have a negative impact upon your speech.
Q What are the options for replacing missing teeth?
AThere are suitable options for replacing missing teeth, depending upon your personal situation regarding finances and oral condition. Options include:
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges.
Dental bridges are commonly used when there is only a small number of missing teeth or the missing teeth are located on one side of the mouth only.
Q Are bridges suitable for everyone?
A Bridges are very versatile and can be used to treat the majority of patients. There is a variety of bridges currently available to cater for different patients. Your dentist will help you to choose the best treatment option based on your budget and your oral health status.
Q What are bridges made of?
A They are made from an array of materials, including precious and non-precious metals to ceramic materials. Most prefer the ceramic bridges because they match the colour of the natural teeth, which means they are virtually invisible when smiling.
Q How much do bridges cost?
A The cost of a dental bridge depends on the material and the type of bridge being fitted. Dental bridges are much less expensive than implants and should last several years.
Q How should I look after the bridge?
A It is important to stick to a good daily oral hygiene routine, which should include using the special brush issued, to clean the bridge. Your dentist can advise you on how to properly maintain the restoration.
Q Are there alternatives?
QThere are alternative treatments available, including dentures and dental implants. Your dentist will advise you as to which treatment is better suited to you, based on your individual needs and preferences.
Q Are there different dental bridges?
A Yes, there are different dental bridges available. The most popular type is a traditional fixed bridge. Other types of bridge include the Maryland bridge, which is often used for replacing the front teeth. Another suitable restoration includes the cantilever bridge that works if healthy teeth are present on one side of the missing tooth only.