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Bridges are ideal for people who do not like dentures or only have one or two teeth missing.
A bridge is a replacement tooth fixed to two adjacent crowns. Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth and to support the teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth. They are made from various materials depending on the clinical diagnosis and your preferences; the most common construction consists of precious metal for the base of the bridge with layers of porcelain bonded to its visible areas. Once the bridge is fitted it’s difficult to distinguish from a row of natural teeth.
A bridge might be recommended if you have lost one or more teeth. In such cases you can fill any gaps in your mouth with a strong, durable and attractive restoration. Like crowns, bridges are hand crafted to give the most lifelike and natural appearance.
When a tooth is badly broken or heavily filled, your dentist may suggest a crown to cap it, to restore its appearance and strength.
How does the dentist make a crown?
The usual procedure for fitting a crown involves shaping the tooth under local anaesthetic and then taking an impression. The impression is then sent to the laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used and the technician makes the crown. While your crown is being made the prepared tooth can be protected with a temporary crown. This is easily removed just before fitting the permanent one. In most cases the temporary crown is in place for approximately two weeks.
What is a crown made of?
Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold or Zircona ( a very hard ceramic). New materials are continually being introduced and your dentist would be able to talk to you about which crown would be best for you, your own personal preference and the costs involved.
If you have been advised by your dentist that you need dentures, ‘You are not alone’. In the UK, there are roughly 12.5 million denture wearers, who just like you, have probably felt overwhelmed and confused about making the transition to dentures.
What are Dentures?
A denture is a removable appliance that is worn over the gums to replace missing natural teeth. Your dentist will advise you about the type of denture that is right for you, whether it be a FULL or PARTIAL denture. Dentures are made from either Acrylic or Metal (Chrome), again. your dentist will discuss with you, the best choice for your circumstances, and the costs involved.
How do I get started?
Usually, it will take between 4 – 6 appointments from start to finish, the first appointment being for ‘Impressions’ of your mouth and these will be sent to a laboratory that specialises in dentures.
- The dental technician will use these impressions to make a plaster model for your denture to be built on.
- A wax block will then be created to fit the plaster model and this will be returned to your dentist.
- Your dentist will then determine the correct ‘bite’ and ‘shape’ for your mouth, and the shade best suited to your natural teeth will be decided on. This is then returned to the ‘lab’.
- A trial denture will then be made for you, at your next appointment you will see how it fits, feels and looks before any further changes are made.
- The dental technician will then custom make your permanent denture for immediate use.
- You may have to visit the dentist a few times over the coming weeks for any minor adjustments.
A denture can never feel exactly like your own teeth, and it may indeed take time to get used to them. If this is your first denture, your dentist will explain any difficulties that you may experience, as well as the many benefits. Your dentist will also advise you on how to look after your new appliance and any natural teeth that you have left.