Missing teeth can be replaced by using a bridge. This can restore your smile and the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence. A bridge is a false tooth which can be permanently attached to the adjacent healthy teeth at one, or both sides. The healthy teeth chosen to act as supports for the bridge are reduced and reshaped (in a similar procedure to crowns) to enable attachment of the bridge.
With fixed bridges, the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared in the same way you would for a crown. The false tooth is made of porcelain and joined to the crowns. The whole unit is then cemented in place.
This was the main method used for replacing teeth in the past. They work very well and provide a great solution. Their main draw backs are that you have to remove a lot of tooth structure from the teeth adjacent to the gap which damages them and can lead to problems. Usually implants are preferred these days as they do not harm the teeth either side of the gap,but these bridges are still placed when people do not want implants or if we need to replace an old bridge.
Resin-bonded dental bridges are also known as Maryland bridges. They fill a gap without having to reduce the adjacent teeth. They generally work well in the front of the mouth but are less predictable in the back of the mouth. The false tooth is made from porcelain and is attached to a metal or porcelain wing which is then bonded to the healthy adjacent teeth. This is a much less destructive option than a conventional bridge but they can occasionally de-bond and fall out. Usually we simply bond the bridge back in place. Sometimes the bridge can overload the tooth to which it is bonded and damage the tooth that is supporting it, however this option can work very well. It is relatively inexpensive and does not damage the adjacent teeth in the same way as conventional bridgework.
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Our core service is general dentistry but we do provide many advanced services so that we can provide a modern, comprehensive, dental service to our patients. We invest in new technologies to improve patient experience and make your dental treatment as quick and comfortable as possible...
We have several dental emergency appointments every day. We understand that dental pain can be very distressing and debilitating, that a missing crown can be embarrassing so we reserve appointments to deal with these problems. These appointments are available to or regular patients and also to new patients or casual patients...
Loose teeth can be painful and embarrassing. Here at Dental Care with Jill Cooper, our first priority is to find out why your teeth are loose and then to work with you to get a long term solution. To find out more about the services we offer please contact the practice to arrange a consultation.
Here at Jill Cooper Dental Care we use a range of clear orthodontic systems so that we can find the system that will work for you the best. We can use aligners or clear removable appliances to give you that smile you are looking for. Please contact the practice to make your free clear orthodontic consultation appointment.
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We have a friendly happy atmosphere in the practice that puts children at ease and we provide a colouring area and children’s magazines in case there is a small wait.
Nervous Patients are extremely welcome. We understand that many people find coming to the dentist difficult and we work with you to make your dental experience at Dental Care with Jill Cooper as pleasant as possible.
Missing teeth can affect our smile, affect are ability to eat and talk, they can disrupt our bite and cause other teeth to move making them more prone to dental decay because of food packing between teeth and also sometimes gum disease.