Teeth Dentures & Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges made of a prosthetic fitting with a crown at each end cover up gaps in your smile as a result of spaces between the teeth or missing teeth.

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Teeth Dentures & Dental Bridges
Teeth Dentures & Dental Bridges

Let’s Restore Your Smile

When it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile, dental bridges and dentures are popular, affordable options. These dental appliances offer a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals with missing teeth.

NHS & Private Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth, called pontics, that are anchored to the adjacent teeth or dental implants. Here are some key points about dental bridges:

  • Dental bridges can restore your ability to speak and chew properly, improving your overall oral functionality.
  • They help maintain the shape of your face and prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.
  • Dental bridges are available in different types – Your dentist at the Yardley Clinic will recommend the most suitable type based on your specific needs.

Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges consist of pontics held in place by dental crowns. These crowns are cemented onto the natural teeth adjacent to the gap, creating a stable foundation for the bridge.

Dentures

Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. They offer several advantages and are available in different types:

  • Dentures can significantly improve your ability to bite and chew, enhancing your nutritional intake and overall well-being.
  • They restore your smile, improving your self-confidence and social interactions.
  • Dentures can be classified into complete dentures and partial dentures, depending on the number of missing teeth.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are used when all teeth in a dental arch are missing. They consist of a full set of artificial teeth mounted on an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of natural gum tissue. Complete dentures rely on suction and oral muscle control for stability.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are utilised when some natural teeth remain in the dental arch. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a metal or acrylic framework, which clasps onto the remaining teeth for support. Partial dentures restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile.

Caring for Dental Bridges and Dentures

Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dental bridges and dentures. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Clean your dental appliance daily by brushing it with a soft toothbrush and mild denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste as it can be abrasive.
  2. Remove your dentures or bridges before sleeping and soak them in a denture cleanser overnight.
  3. Handle your dental appliance with care to avoid dropping and damaging it.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and adjustments if needed.
  5. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your remaining natural teeth, gums, and tongue.

By following these guidelines, you can maximise the lifespan and functionality of your dental bridges and dentures.

In conclusion, dental bridges and dentures offer viable options for individuals seeking to restore their smiles and improve oral functionality. Whether you opt for a dental bridge or denture, consulting with your dentist will help determine the most suitable solution for your specific needs. Remember to care for your dental appliance diligently

Dental Bridges and Dentures

FAQs about Dental Bridges and Dentures

How long do dental bridges and dentures typically last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last between 5 to 15 years, while dentures can last around 5 to 10 years. However, the lifespan may vary depending on individual factors such as oral hygiene practices and wear and tear.

Are dental bridges and dentures comfortable to wear?

Dental bridges and dentures may require an adjustment period initially. However, with time, most individuals find them comfortable to wear. Your dentist will ensure that your dental appliance is properly fitted and provide guidance on adapting to wearing them.

Can I eat normally with dental bridges and dentures?

Yes, dental bridges and dentures are designed to restore your ability to bite and chew. While you may need to make some adjustments to your eating habits initially, such as starting with softer foods, you should be able to enjoy a wide range of foods with time.

How do I clean and maintain my dental bridges and dentures?

To clean dental bridges and dentures, remove them from your mouth and brush them gently with a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Soaking them overnight in a denture cleanser can help remove stains and bacteria. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for proper care and maintenance.

Can dental bridges and dentures be repaired if damaged?

Yes, dental bridges and dentures can often be repaired if they become damaged or broken. It’s crucial to contact your dentist promptly if you notice any issues. Attempting to fix them yourself can lead to further damage, so it’s best to seek professional assistance.

Remember, if you have any concerns or specific questions about dental bridges and dentures, it’s always recommended to consult with your dentist. They will provide personalised guidance based on your unique dental situation.