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A bridge is a way of replacing missing teeth. It is usually made with a metal base, and then porcelain bonded over the top to give it a more natural look, although the newest methods use very strong ceramic.

There are a variety of reasons why a missing tooth should be replaced:

> Appearance

> Missing teeth puts greater strain on the teeth either side of the gap

> "Bite" can be affected, as the other teeth lean into the gap, changing the way the upper and lower teeth bite together

> Food trap, this means that food gets stuck in the gaps which form, which can lead to decay or gum disease.

A bridge is made over two appointments. At the first, the teeth either side of the gap are prepared, impressions are taken and a temporary bridge, made from a plastic material is fitted. The impressions and shade are then sent to the laboratory.

Two weeks later, you return for your second appointment. The temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge is fitted securely with strong bond.

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