This is the branch of dentistry concerned with fitting artificial replacements for missing teeth.
Procedures include implant, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, complete and partial dentures.
A dental bridge essentially 'bridges the gap' in your teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth either side of the gap called abutment teeth, and a false tooth in the middle called a pontic. A dental bridge is a permanent solution for a missing tooth, meaning you can be free to enjoy the foods you love again.
Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, Zircon or a combination of these materials.
To create the bridge, your dentist will prepare the teeth and take a scan of your mouth. They use a camera to create incredibly detailed and crisp 3D images of your mouth. This allows the bridge to be made to fit your mouth as closely as possible. In the meantime, your dentist can fit a temporary solution, such as a plastic bridge or crown, while you're waiting for your permanent bridge to be made. Once it's ready, your dentist will ensure it's a perfect fit, and you can bite comfortably
Once it's in place, you'll need to take particular care of your bridge as additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is well looked after, a bridge can last for many years.
Dentures may be made from acrylic resin, cobalt chrome or a new flexible material. They are not fixed and can be removed by you. It is recommended not to wear them while you sleep. They may be used if implants or bridges are not suitable for you and can replace a few teeth or all your teeth.