About this treatment

Bridges can also reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as 10 years or more if everything is maintained to a high standard.

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    A bridge is a replacement for one or more missing teeth and is a good solution if you don’t have many missing teeth, or if your missing teeth are all on one side of your mouth. It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent your remaining teeth from drifting into the empty space and they can also help to restore the appearance of your smile.
    A bridge is made up of two or more crowns that fit to teeth on either side of the gap, which serve as anchors, along with a false tooth in-between. It supports the false tooth (or teeth) to reduce the susceptibility of your remaining teeth to decay and gum disease.

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    Your City Centre Dental & Implant Clinic dentist will examine your teeth and jaw at your first appointment to evaluate the best course of action then discuss your options and talk you through the process. If you have strong enough teeth with good bone support, a bridge could be a great option to restore your smile.
    An impression will be taken of your mouth to enable your dentist to understand your bite, before a second impression is taken to build a bridge that looks natural and matches your mouth exactly. When the bridge is ready, it will be carefully fitted at our local Manchester practice by your City Centre Dental & Implant Clinic dentist, who will make sure it is comfortable before it is fixed in place.

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    By taking good care of your bridge, you can ensure it will last for many years. You will need to clean your bridge and the false tooth or teeth it supports every day, just as you would with your real teeth – your dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss to ensure it is thoroughly clean. To prevent damage, it’s best to avoid chewing hard foods and ice. With good oral hygiene and regular check-ups, a fixed bridge will last between 5 to 15 years. In the long run, replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge should actually make eating easier. However, until you become accustomed to the bridge, try to stick to soft foods and cut your bites into small, manageable pieces.