Dental bridge procedure in Preston
There may be a time in your life when whether it is due to old age, an unfortunate accident or just a simple tooth decay will result in the loss of a tooth.
There are some areas in the mouth where the missing tooth could be quite visible, and it may bother you.
For others, a change in chewing efficiency may cause some discomfort or even the danger of having something lodged in the throat because of a missing molar.
In any case, the gap can be closed or "bridged" with a dental prosthetic.
A dental bridge can also be called a pontic or false tooth which is held in place by two abutment teeth, one from each side.
The pontic can be made out of a range of materials including gold, but for most, the most straightforward option is a porcelain one that goes well in shade with the rest of your teeth.
There are many applications or executions of a dental bridge and your dentist may decide what's the best course of action but many factors play a role when deciding the most appropriate treatment.
You could have a simple, adhesive bridge put in place when the neighbouring, natural teeth are strong and healthy.
In this case, the false tooth or pontic will have tiny wings that will contact the supporting teeth and as the name suggests, an adhesive will be used to keep it in place without the need to have crowns placed on the "supporting" teeth.
Apart from the obvious, aesthetic improvement when you have a dental bridge put in your mouth, there's an additional, teeth alignment benefit to it as well.
When a tooth falls out or has to be removed, your other teeth can move into that empty space altering your bite and may cause some future complications as well.
Dental bridges are usually routine procedures with no surgery required and considered to be a good investment to help boost your confidence, smile and oral health.