What is a bridge?
A bridge, unlike dentures, is a fixed solution to tooth loss and uses one or more of the surrounding teeth for support. There are many different types of bridge so we will discuss the options with you.
What are the benefits of bridges?
- An enhanced smile
- Improved speaking and eating
- Restored facial shape
- A better ‘bite’
- Existing teeth are kept in place
How is a bridge fitted?
Step 1 – We prepare the supporting teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to create some room and enable us to bond the bridge to your natural teeth.
Step 2 – We take impressions of your teeth so accurate models can be produced.
Step 3 – These models are then used by an expert technician to precisely construct your bridge. A lifelike appearance is achieved by carefully layering tooth colours onto the bridge using high quality ceramic materials so the new teeth will blend in with your smile.
Step 4 – While you wait for your bridge, we will usually fit a temporary one to protect the supporting teeth.
Step 5 – Your brand new bridge is checked and adjusted to make sure it looks and feels great, and then cemented into place.
After your bridge has been fitted, it is important to look after it by keeping it clean with regular brushing and flossing. We will show how best to do this and will keep a close eye on the health of the supporting teeth and gums.
Regular check-ups and hygienist visits are vital so we can monitor your bridge and ensure it lasts for many years.
What is a denture?
Dentures are removable false teeth that come with a host of benefits, including helping to improve how you eat and speak, as well as boosting your confidence by restoring your smile. There are many different designs and types of denture, so during your initial consultation we will discuss which type will be most suitable for you.
How are dentures fitted?
Step 1 – We take impressions of your mouth so the dentures can be carefully custom-made to offer an accurate fit and optimum comfort.
Step 2 – We record how your jaws naturally fit together so the teeth can be correctly positioned.
Step 3 – We then do a ‘try-in’ stage, where we check the fit, feel and appearance of the dentures and make any necessary minor adjustments.
Step 4 – During your fitting appointment there may be further adjustments before you take them away. After this, we may need to make a few more adjustments to help you adapt to your new teeth.
Your dentures may feel a little strange at first but you will soon get used to them. To make eating with your new teeth a little easier, you may want to start off with softer foods and then gradually introduce harder items. You may also notice a little more saliva but this will soon lessen and if your speech is initially affected, continue to wear and talk with the denture as the speech will return back to normal.
How do I look after my dentures?
Take care of your dentures by cleaning them with a toothbrush and storing them in water or dental fluid to keep them in good shape. And don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth after you remove your dentures at night.
It is important that we check your dentures regularly for signs of wear and tear. Some routine maintenance may be necessary due to wear and gradual changes to the mouth over time.