Bridges and Implants
Bridges and implants are used to replace extracted or missing teeth
A bridge is a fixed device that replaces one or more missing teeth.
A bridge attaches onto the teeth either side of the gap. This is only possible if the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough and they have good bone support. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared, crowns are placed over the prepared teeth and these are attached to the artificial tooth.
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An implant is used to replace missing teeth. An implant consists of a titanium post which is inserted into the bone and gums and an artificial tooth which attaches to the post.
Dental Implants are the most advanced way to replace missing teeth. They are durable, long lasting and made to appear as if they emerge naturally from the gum. Implants have the longest life and best success rate of any dental treatment.
A dental implant consists of two parts, the 'screw or post' acting as the root of the tooth, and the crown. The implant 'post' is made of titanium and integrates to the surrounding bone. The crown is then attached to the post to produce a restoration that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth
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