Dental bridges in Mill Hill East, North London
Bridging the gaps in teeth all over North London
When you’re missing a tooth, it can be easy to feel as though you stand out like a sore thumb when you speak or smile in public. But missing teeth are a lot more common than you might think. The reason you do not tend to see it is simple – professional tooth replacement treatment.
Dental bridges are one of the most popular tooth replacement options in the world. Dental bridges involve building a structure between two existing natural teeth in your mouth to hold the replacement false tooth in between them.
Tooth bridges don’t only look great by filling in gaps in your teeth, they also help to bring back full function to your mouth; allowing you to chew properly and speak clearly again.
Having dental bridges to replace missing teeth also helps evenly to distribute the pressure of your bite across your mouth. This means you can avoid putting unnecessary strain on particular teeth, which can lead to tooth loosening and even further tooth loss.
A dental bridge can also help to maintain the shape of your face by stopping cheeks from appearing sunken in, and they also help to prevent remaining teeth from drifting into the gap and misaligning.
The Portner Pittack team have been successfully performing dental bridge treatments for decades; helping patients in and around Mill Hill East to smile with pride.
Types of dental bridges available at our Mill Hill East practice
After your dentist has assessed your teeth during your consultation here at Portner Pittack, they will advise you on the type of dental bridge you need based on:
- the type of tooth that has been lost,
- its position in your mouth, and
- the condition of the other teeth surrounding the gap.
There are three types of tooth bridges that are most frequently used for replacing a missing tooth, which are:
- Traditional dental bridges
These tooth bridges involve crafting a crown for the two teeth or dental implants either side of the gap. A false tooth, known as a pontic, is built in between the two crowns to quite literally bridge the gap.
When the crowns are placed over the neighbouring teeth, the pontic is held in place in the middle of the gap; meaning you can eat, speak and smile just as before.
- Cantilever dental bridges
Though not as common nowadays, cantilever tooth bridges are designed to hold a replacement tooth when there are only existing teeth on one side of the missing tooth gap.
These bridges are not recommended at the back of the mouth as they can put too much weight on certain teeth. This weight will cause them to become loose over time. In this case, your dentist may recommend dental implants instead.
- Resin bonded dental bridges
Also known as Maryland bonded bridges or simply Maryland bridges, these are made from plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. On each side of the bridge are metal wings which are bonded to the back of your existing teeth for support.
When you come in for your consultation and exam at our North London surgery, your dentist will let you know which of these types of dental bridges may work best for you. They will also let you know how to properly care for your dental bridges to make them last longer.
With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist, it’s possible that your tooth bridges could last as many as fifteen years before needing replacing.
Bespoke dental bridges in North London
Your smile is unique to you and this is why your dentist will need to take a mould of your teeth to ensure your dental bridge fits perfectly. These moulds are sent away to a laboratory where your custom-made porcelain bridge is created.
We will even colour match your existing teeth to make sure your new tooth bridges blend beautifully with your natural smile – so no one will be able to tell they aren’t the real thing.
You may prefer to fill out an enquiry form below or visit us at our practice in Mill Hill East, North London, to make your dental crowns appointment.
The Portner Pittack surgery is located in Thornfield Court, just a short walk to both the Mill Hill East underground and Finchley Central Station.