Bridges and Dentures

If you have lost one or two teeth but would rather not wear a denture, you may want to opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth

Bridges

They are permanent and once bonded into place will look and feel similar to natural tooth. Bridges will normally last 10–15 years and are typically made of porcelain bonded to gold. They’re created by fitting crowns to the teeth either side of the gap in your mouth and attaching a false tooth or teeth in the middle.

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

How is a bridge attached?

The procedure usually takes two appointments to complete. At the preparation appointment Dr Notta will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by reshaping the anchor teeth (abutments).

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the missing tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used? How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

Dentures

Type Of Dentures

Conventional Dentures:

  1. Partial Dentures are removable and are used to replace one or more missing teeth.
  2. Complete Dentures are also removable and are used to replace a full set of upper or lower teeth.

Partial Dentures with precision attachments are a secure way to replace a few missing teeth that are securely attached via precision connections on crowned teeth. This provides you with a stable, comfortable and accurately fitting denture, which minimises the need for unsightly clasps.

Overdentures:

  1. Tooth Supported Dentures – The denture is fitted over your remaining roots.
  2. Implant Supported Dentures – The dentures are securely fitted onto dental implants, which offers much greater stability see denture retained implants

Denture Stabilisation

Denture stabilisation is a simple but effective solution that makes the frustrations of loose fitting dentures a thing of the past.

Even the most beautifully crafted dentures can become loose fitting and cause real frustration for their wearers, making them feel self-conscious about talking or smiling, and unable to eat 'tricky' foods like apples or steak.

We offer dental stabilisation to tackle this problem and transform the lives of denture wearers.

With denture stabilisation, two or more dental implants are inserted securely into your jaw using the very latest techniques. Your dentures are then locked on to these implants, anchoring them securely at all times. With the dentures unable to move, you are completely free to live your life to the full with no food off limits and no need to worry about moving dentures when you talk or smile.

Denture stabilisation is a simple, effective and affordable option for many denture wearers. Our implantologist will be happy to discuss this treatment option with you in more detail and comprehensively assess your teeth, gums and dentures to see whether it is right for you.

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Case Studies

Bridge Case Study

Bridge - Before This patient attended with baby teeth that had minimal bone support due to the roots shrinking with time.

Bridge - After A combination of crown and bridgework enhanced the appearance as well as filling the gaps.

Denture Case study

A client of ours was unhappy with the uneven bite plane associated with her old dentures. The clasps were visible and caused her to become self conscious. Our solution was to provide her with multiple crowns milled with precision attachments for both the upper and lower arch. The new crown lengths and the restoration of the 'golden proportion' has provided her with a more youthful and aesthetic result.