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Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges

1 September 2019

Etwall Dental Practice dentists will strive to help deliver you the best smile possible. Missing teeth are a common issue among patients and is something that can drastically effect self-confidence. To combat this, dental bridges can be used to ensure a fuller and more confident looking smile is achieved.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for missing teeth that is crafted by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth. They are typically made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both.

When are dental bridges needed?

Gaps left by missing teeth can have a much more detrimental effect than you perhaps initially think. They eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate into the gap created, which often results in a bad bite. In extreme cases, patients can also find this leads to gum disease, so it’s best dealt with immediately to avoid any long-term issues.

How do dental bridges work?

Dental bridges span the gap created by missing teeth and are fixed to the natural teeth or implants surround the empty space. The surrounding teeth are known as abutments and act as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, commonly referred to as a pontic, is then attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Patients will have a choice of either porcelain or metal, but Etwall Dental Practice dentists will recommend the best choice, based on the location of the bridge.

How long do bridges last?

As with many treatments, the longevity and effectiveness can be determined by practicing good oral hygiene. If proper care is exhibited for your teeth and gums, bridges can five to fifteen years.

Bridges are efficient in helping maintain the structure of your face, all whilst restoring the ability to chew and speak correctly. That’s why it’s important you contact one of our dental professionals if ever you are missing a tooth, so we can act immediately and ensure your oral health is secured. If you’d like a completely free consultation, please contact us at Etwall Dental Practice. Or, if you’d like more detail on the procedure, check out our Bridges page.

Our dentists welcome any query you have, whether that’s over the phone or via a visit to our practice. If you find yourself in need of anymore advice about oral health or are just looking to

enquire about one of our other services, be sure to check out our other General Dentistry services and approved Treatments.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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