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Teeth Implants Vs Dental Bridges

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Missing teeth can be troublesome for both aesthetic reasons as well as functional. Without all your teeth it can cause issues when eating your favourite food as well as affecting your speech. The obvious affects on your aesthetics is down to how it will appear to other people and it can also knock your self confidence.

When deciding to replace missing teeth there can be a number of different options that may be suitable.

Secure Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are a secure way to replace missing teeth. They comprise of a titanium or ceramic pegs that are placed within your jawbone. These then act as replacement roots that will hold the new tooth or teeth in place. The process of getting implants can take between 3-6 months as there needs to be a healing period to allow for the area where the implants were placed to heal.

Bridging a Gap

If you have a gappy smile and you are not too keen on the implant route, then a bridge may be a more preferred option for you. Depending on where the gap is or how many teeth you have missing, the type of bridge that will best meet your needs can vary from one patient to the next. A bridge is effectively a restoration that comprises of two main parts – the bridge, and the pontics. The pontics are effectively false teeth that are attached to the bridge. The way the bridge is then fitted in your mouth will depend on what type of bridge it is and where the gaps are. We will explain this in more detail at the free consultation once we have assessed your case.

It is possible to go for the best of both words and have an implant retained bridge, which will be more suitable for areas in the mouth that does not have adjacent teeth.

To find out what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today

Whats The Difference Between a Denture and a Bridge

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A denture is a removable restoration that is used to replace multiple missing teeth. They are custom made to fit your mouth, on your bone ridges, to ensure it is a comfortable and precise fit. It is important that precision is the key here as any slight measurement out can make the denture not feel as comfortable.

Dental bridges are a fixed restoration that provides good support to the bridge of your mouth. Like the name suggest, it is a bridge that can cover an area in your mouth.

Why Have A Bridge Over A Denture?

One of the first benefits associated with bridges is the fact they act like the natural bridge in your mouth. They offer great overall support to your mouth and surrounding teeth. You will have functionality back as it will be a fixed option, allowing you to taste and eat your food better. Your mouth will tolerate it better and it can provide some excellent aesthetics.

When Will a Bridge Not Be Suitable?

Dental bridges may not be suitable in cases for full arch replacements. Bridges are used to replace an area in the mouth and does require adjacent teeth for them to be fixed onto. When you have no remaining teeth left there wouldn’t be any where for the bridge to go unless you had an implant retained bridge. This is quite simply when implants are placed into the jawbone and the bridge is secured on top (considered the gold standard in tooth replacement).

Dentures are removable and can replace both upper and lower arches. They do not require any teeth in the mouth, but some partial dentures can be used to replace multiple missing teeth (if that is the recommended course of treatment).

To find out more information and have your case assessed, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

What Is A Maryland Bridge?

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Dental bridges are a traditional treatment used for replacing missing teeth. They comprise of a bridge with pontics (fake teeth) on top. The bridge is then placed in your mouth and will bridge a gap. The pontics will be your new teeth and will restore the functionality and aesthetics in your mouth. Traditional bridges need the teeth either side of a gap to be prepared for the bridge to then go on top. A Maryland bridge works in a different way:

What’s The Difference?

Unlike traditional bridges, a maryland will have wings on either side of the bridge. These wings are dentally cemented onto the backs of your adjacent teeth to the gap and will hold the maryland bridge in place. One of the main benefits with this method is that it can be quicker to fit and will be less destructive to your surrounding teeth. As dentists we always prefer to keep your natural teeth in tact for as long as possible. When you need crowns or dental bridges it can start to mean that there will be tooth preparation required, which is effectively when healthy bits of the tooth structure is shaved off to allow for the restoration on top.

In some cases, even though the teeth will need to be prepared, it is advisable this will be the best form of treatment for you.

Other Solutions

Another option that is proving to be more and more popular is the fixed option of having an implant retained bridge. This is when implants are carefully placed into your jawbone and then a dental bridge restoration is secured on top.

We are able to offer a wide range of different treatments to meet many different patients needs. To find out what the most suitable option will be for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Do I Need A Dental Bridge Or Dental Implants?

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When you have lost a tooth or had to have a tooth extracted, it is important to consider what gap management options are available.

Depending on your exact case, there are many different factors which may make certain treatments better suited for you, especially depending on what you want to get out of the end result.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace the natural bridge in your mouth and cover an area, which has missing teeth e.g. bridges the space in your mouth. Depending on what teeth you have lost or have remaining, the type of bridge that may be ideal for you can vary from one patient to the next. A traditional type of bridge will be supported by a tooth on either side of the gap (the crown goes over your prepared teeth) and then a false tooth in the middle to replace the missing teeth. Another popular method is the use of a maryland bridge. Instead of being supported by the crowns on either side of the gap, it has wings which are fixed to the backs of the adjacent teeth for support. If the bridge is going to be supported by only one side of the tooth, this will be known as a cantilever bridge.

However, if you are looking for a more stable and secure option, then an implant retained bridge may be even more ideal for you.

Implant Retained Bridges

The gold standard way in replacing missing teeth is through the use of dental implants. These are titanium pegs which are placed within the jawbone and will fuse with your bone – they will effectively be acting as the new roots of your teeth. The bridge is then securely fitted on top for a natural and strong restoration.

To find out your most suitable options, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Why Get a Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is a method of replacing an area in your mouth which you have lost multiple teeth. Like the name, it is used to replace the natural bridge in your mouth. The bridge will be fully loaded with false teeth, such as porcelain crowns.

How Are Bridges Fitted?

This will depend on which option you have decided to go for. In some instances, an implants retained bridge may be ideal for you. This is when dental implants are placed into your jawbone and the bridge is then securely attached on top. Depending where the gap is in your mouth, another alternative bridge may be a Maryland bridge. This is a dental bridge that has two pontic wings on either side and are used to attach to each adjacent tooth. Another type of dental bridge is known as a cantilever bridge – this is when the bridge is supported by only one tooth on one side.

What Option Will Be The Most Suitable For Me?

Everyone is different and there needs are different. The way you have come to have lost the tooth or teeth may also be different too. Each case is unique, so the best option for you will be different to the next patient. We offer free consultations so we can assess your current case to identify which will be the most suitable option for you. When considering gap management options, it is important to to take into account the three main aspects – functionality, aesthetics and comfortability. We endeavour to always provide an option that will be comfortable (and fit into your lifestyle), the looks of the final restoration (natural and beautiful), and how they function.

Replacing missing teeth is important to improve your quality of life. Your new teeth will be made to function like your original teeth, so you do not have to worry about your teeth letting you down. To find out more information, please book your free consultation today.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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