What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges, at our Jersey practice, are a common solution for people who are missing one or more teeth. They are a type of dental restoration that can improve both the function and appearance of your smile. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth or teeth in between. This prosthetic device will be anchored onto the surrounding healthy teeth or dental implants.
Indigo Dental Practice in Jersey offers dental bridges as a solution for those who have lost one or more teeth. It is important to replace missing teeth promptly. Before creating the dental bridge, an assessment will be conducted to determine if any additional treatments are necessary. The bridge will look natural and be sturdy, providing a permanent replacement for the missing teeth. As it is not removable, the bridge will provide comfort and restore the ability to speak and chew properly.
What are the benefits and risks of having a dental bridge fitted?
Having a dental bridge fitted, at our Jersey Dental Practice, can help to restore the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause significant aesthetic issues, and a dental bridge can help to fill in the gaps and restore a more natural appearance to your teeth. This can have a positive impact on your self-confidence and overall quality of life. Additionally, by filling in the gaps in your mouth with a dental bridge, you can improve your ability to eat and speak with greater ease.
It’s worth bearing in mind that some of your surrounding healthy teeth may need to be altered in order to accommodate a bridge. You may also find that your bridge may need to be replaced or adjusted over time.
Dental bridge consultation
When you have a dental bridge fitted, at Indigo Dental in Jersey, it is important to understand the process that occurs during the consultation, treatment, and afterwards. During the consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays, and discuss the different types of bridges available.
Dental bridge treatment
The dentist will first numb the area to prevent any pain during the procedure. Then, the dentist will prepare the surrounding teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to make room for the bridge. Next, impressions of the teeth are taken to create a custom bridge that will fit comfortably and match the colour of your natural teeth. A temporary bridge is placed while the permanent one is being created in the lab.
After the bridge is created, the Jersey dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one. The dentist will ensure the bridge fits correctly and make any necessary adjustments before permanently bonding it into place.
Dental bridge aftercare
It may take a few days to get used to the bridge, but it should feel comfortable once it is properly fitted.
It will then be important to attend regular dental check-ups to ensure the bridge is in good condition and to catch any potential problems early on. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for many years, improving both the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
How long do dental bridges last?
On average, a dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more from our Jersey Dental Practice. However, it's important to note that regular dental check-ups and cleanings, as well as good oral hygiene habits at home, can help extend the life of a dental bridge.
Is it painful having a dental bridge fitted?
While some may experience discomfort during the procedure, others may not feel anything at all. Your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area and make the process as comfortable as possible. Sedation is also possible if you’re feeling nervous. After the procedure, in Jersey, some tenderness or sensitivity may be experienced, but this typically subsides within a few days.
What should I avoid doing after having a dental bridge fitted?
Avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods that can dislodge the bridge or damage it. You should also avoid using your teeth to open bottles, packets, or other objects, as it can lead to breakage of the bridge.
How do I look after my dental bridge?
Your best course of action after having a bridge fitted is to continue brushing and flossing as normal, as well as attend all your regular dentist check-ups. Avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes or abrasive toothpaste, as they can damage the bridge. Also avoid eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage your bridge.
Can I take my dental bridge out?
Removing a dental bridge can damage the supporting teeth and cause other dental problems. Should you have a problem with your bridge, please book an appointment with one of our Jersey dentists to determine the best course of action.
How do dental bridges help retain my facial structure?
When teeth are missing, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate, causing a loss of facial structure and a sunken appearance. Dental bridges help prevent this by providing support to the surrounding teeth and stimulating the jawbone to prevent bone loss. By keeping your facial structure intact, dental bridges can help you look and feel younger, improve your confidence, and maintain your overall oral health.
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