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A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth which is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. There are two main types of dental bridge. The most common type consists of two crowns, made of porcelain or metal, which are permanently bonded to your natural teeth either side of the space, with the false tooth (or teeth) in the middle.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Dental bridges offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges can replace missing teeth without surgery. And with porcelain finishes available, your new tooth could be almost indistinguishable from the natural teeth surrounding it.

Having a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your smile and make day to day activities such as eating and talking easier. Replacing a missing tooth can also help protect your remaining teeth. When you have gaps, remaining teeth may lean over or move into the space, affecting the way you bite. Food can also get trapped in spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay.

Dental bridges are an investment in your confidence, quality of life and oral health.

Contact your nearest Genix practice to find out more about bridges. Our dental care experts will be happy to discuss your options with you.

What are the alternatives to dental bridges?

There are several ways to replace missing teeth. It’s important to explore all the options and discuss them with your dentist. Alternatives to bridges include:

  • Full or partial dentures (false teeth) – Removable plastic or metal frameworks that have false teeth attached
  • Dental implants – An imitation porcelain tooth (a crown) fitted on top of a titanium implant that is fixed directly into your jawbone

Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you. Dentures and bridges are only offered on the NHS if it is considered to be clinically necessary to replace teeth, but dental implants are usually only available privately.

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