At Truly Dental, we know that hearing a tooth is damaged beyond repair - whether by disease, injury or decay, or indeed if you have already lost a tooth or group of teeth - can feel like the end of the world.
Patients often worry in this situation that they need to resign themselves to putting up with the embarrassment of a gap in their smile forever, or face either lengthy, surgical implant intervention or admitting to needing a denture. Particularly for younger patients, this can be a difficult experience.
Happily, it is fully possible, time and cost-effective, and unobtrusive to hide a gap from missing teeth with a tried and tested dental technique known as a Dental Bridge. Bridges are a comfortable, secure, and long-term solution to missing teeth – fitting so flawlessly into your smile that no one will even know you’ve lost a tooth!
Whether you have lost a single or a group of teeth, a custom-made Dental Bridge may be designed to span this space and hide any gaps in your smile. Our dentists use materials with the highest performance and aesthetic values so your new bridge will seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth. The teeth which sit on either side of the gap are used to anchor a false tooth in place, via a connected ‘bridge’ of Dental Crowns, robust, colour-matched caps placed on top of teeth to restore shape, size or durability. The teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared for dental crowns by filing down as necessary, and the bridge is then bonded in place via the two connecting crowns capping your natural teeth, with the bridge in the middle hiding the gap in your smile by sitting over your gums in place of the missing tooth or teeth, giving the appearance of your own teeth naturally emerging from the gum line.
If it is appropriate in your case, your dentist can also craft and place a completely non-invasive Dental Bridge (known as a resin-bonded Bridge). Your dentist will be happy to discuss this method with you and make an assessment during your initial appointment to see if this type of restoration would be suitable for you. This resin-bonded Bridge supports your new replacement tooth on the adjacent teeth without the need for any preparation or adjustment of those teeth. Instead, a metal band that holds the replacement tooth is fixed inconspicuously and securely to the back of the adjacent teeth with a strong dental bonding agent. So you can have a rapid tooth replacement in a matter of weeks without the need to put your remaining teeth at risk.