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A bridge is a great solution to fill gaps

A bridge is a great solution to fill gaps

Why should I replace missing teeth?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.

How are missing teeth replaced?

This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in your mouth. The condition of the teeth you still have also affects the decision.

There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. One of these is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.

 A dental bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the gap, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is all made in the laboratory and then the pieces are cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge can't be removed.

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your private dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

If you have gaps you would like to fill, please contact our Private Dentist in Handforth who will be happy to discuss the best option for you.  And you may qualify to spread the cost of your dental treatment with interest free credit.