Bridges

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Following Government guidelines, the surgery has now reopened. We are initially prioritising those with the most urgent dental needs, with a view to resume routine dental care as soon as we can.

We are seeing patients by appointment only, please continue to call us for advice and support.

 

Although our practice has reopened please note it will not be business as usual. The treatments you are offered may be different to those you received before, depending on staff and personal protection equipment ( PPE ) available. It will take some time before services return to what you previously experienced as normal. Please be patient with us while we work towards resuming normal dental services in a safe environment.

 

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

 

  • Our practice will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment
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  • We have hand sanitiser that we will ask you to use when you enter the practice.
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  • We no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult  to clean and disinfect
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  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

 

We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

 

How you can help:

  • Please do not arrive without an appointment
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  • Please do not arrive early to the practice. Once you have arrived, please call the practice by phone      on 01992 462 043 and check in with reception. You should then wait outside the practice until called in by a nurse.
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  • Please limit the number of things you bring with you to your appointment. ONLY bring  necessary items.
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  • Please bring your own pen to sign any consent forms
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  • We may ask you to complete your medical history form at home and bring it in at your appointment. Please ensure all parts are completed and all medications are recorded on this form
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  • With the exception of children and patients with carers, patients should come alone
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  • Only one consenting adult will be able to escort a child.
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  • A face covering must be worn by anyone escorting a child or vulnerable adult into the building. This cannot be provided by the practice due to PPE shortages. All our PPE will be needed to treat our patients and protect staff and patients.
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  • A distance of at least 2 metres must be observed if another patient is present in the dental practice
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  • Payment should be made by card where possible and we will sometimes request this over the phone. If cash payment is to be made, please make sure you bring the cash in a plastic bag. Staff will not shake your hand
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  • If you show symptoms following appointment booking, you should contact the practice by phone for advise

 

The welfare of our staff and patients is extremely important to us moving into this next stage in providing your dental care.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back

 

The Team at Hoddesdon Dental Surgery

 

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A bridge is one of three ways in which missing teeth can be replaced. The other ways are by means of dental implants or a partial denture (removable false tooth or teeth).

A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. You can have a conventional or an adhesive bridge each of which has its own merits.


An Adhesive Bridge is less damaging to the neighbouring tooth than a standard bridge. Speak to your dentist to discuss your options.


You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Your appearance and smile is one reason. By replacing the missing teeth, bridges will help to maintain the shape of your face keeping wrinkles away.
  • A bridge will help restore your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side.
  • A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.

 

Bridges - Commonly Asked Questions
 
What are the different types of bridge? 
 
There are three main types of bridges:
  1. Traditional fixed- fixed bridges- these are made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – with a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics. The anchoring teeth can be natural teeth or implants. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics 
  2. Cantilever bridges- these are similar to the  traditional bridges but the false tooth is supported only on one side. Hence these are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth
  3. Maryland bridges (also called resin bonded bridges) - the false tooth is supported by a metal framework. The metal wings are then bonded to your existing teeth adjacent to the missing tooth 
 
How is a bridge placed? 
 
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared so that a crown can be placed over them. 
Next, impressions of your teeth and gums are made, and sent to the laboratory where  the bridge will be made. We will usually make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made. 
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual's case. 
 
Can I have a bridge fitted straight away? 
 
In many people it can take up to 3-6 months for the gums to heal properly after and extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture for 6 months before the bridge is fitted. 
 
How do I look after my bridge?  
 
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.  
Dental bridges can last 5 to 7 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular prophylaxis, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.