Dental bridges are a procedure, available at our dental clinic on the Kings Road in London, to replace a missing tooth. Missing teeth don’t only appear unsightly, but can also cause an irregular bite, gum disease, and remaining teeth to rotate or shift out of place.
A dental bridge is so called because it is used to bridge the gap created by a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The gap is bridged by inserting an artificial tooth, known as a pontic, in the gap, which is anchored in place by attaching it to the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutments, through the use of crowns.
Dental Bridge in Chelsea
A dental bridge performed at our Chelsea dentists is one of two options to deal with the problem of a missing tooth. The alternative to having a bridge fitted is a dental implant. A bridge is only an option if the supporting teeth on either side of the missing one have sufficient strength to be able to support the bridge.
It is a fixed dental restoration, not a temporary, removable one. Once it has been fixed in place, it can only be removed by a dentist. With proper care and oral hygiene, the lifespan of a dental bridge should be 10+ years.
The new artificial tooth will be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of both, depending on the location of the tooth and its function. They can generally be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
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You’ll be given a local anaesthetic during the bridge preparation and fitting stages, and the procedure is no more painful or uncomfortable than having a dental filling.
How many visits to our Chelsea dental clinic it takes to have a bridge fitted is dependent on each individual’s specific case, however, normally 2-3 visits are required.
To find out more about dental bridges, or to book an appointment at our dental clinic in London, call 020 7148 7148, email email@example.com or send us a message using the below contact form.