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What is a Dental Bridge?

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth, by fixing the replacement teeth to the surface of the natural teeth each side of the gap - to bridge the gap.

They can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both. The colour can be matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure they blend in and look natural.

How to care for your Dental Bridge

Following the fitting, additional and regular oral hygiene care is required. If it is kept clean and providing there is no accidental damage, a bridge can last for many years.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants enable the replacement of missing teeth, whilst giving confidence that they won't come loose or fall out when eating tough foods. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, they are very durable and will last for many years if good oral hygiene is maintained.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually made from titanium that is placed into the jaw. A crown or bridge is then fitted on top to replace the missing tooth.  

How do I care for my implant?

Good oral hygiene is vital after implants have been fitted.

Are the teeth difficult to clean after implants?

No. Cleaning the teeth attached to the implants are no more difficult to clean than your normal teeth.

What happens if the implant does not bond with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during, or just after, the healing period, then it can be easily removed and heals in the normal way. Once the jaw bone has completely healed, another implant can be placed there.

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