A missing tooth can set off a chain reaction in your mouth. This is why it is very important to replace them in a timely manner. The bone that once supported your tooth will begin to deteriorate, causing neighbouring teeth to shift and move. Newly exposed gums and teeth will be more susceptible to plaque, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Wirral dentist Dr. Ian Buckle can help you avoid these problems by replacing missing teeth quickly. He offers many solutions to teeth that are missing or damaged. One solution for missing teeth is a dental bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place. A bridge can be supported in three ways: by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability. This type of restoration, however, places stress on the natural teeth. If neighboring teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth, leading to premature wear or cavity formation.
Dr. Buckle will design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs and goals. Our process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Any situation can be accommodated in our Wirral dental practice.
Dental Implant Supported Bridgework
Before dental implants, there was no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible for us to replace a full set of teeth with dental implants and attach a fixed bridge for permanent, stable, highly aesthetic results.
Benefits of dental implant supported bridgework:
- Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
- A solid and stable solution
- Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
- Eliminates the need to degrade adjacent teeth
- Prevents gum recession
Implant-supported dental bridges are used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. If you choose to use dental implants, a treatment plan will be put in place first requiring the surgical implant of the titanium posts. At least two dental implants are surgically placed in to your jawbone. After you have healed and the implant has fused with the bone, a pieced called an abutment is placed on each implant. Then the bridge is attached for a permanent restoration. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and it is supported by the implants for a durable solution to missing teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about dental bridgework and dental implant options, contact Buckle Advanced Dental Care for a consultation with one of our dentists. Call us at 0151 353 8943 or by filling in the online form.