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About Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are used to ‘bridge’ gaps in the mouth where there are missing teeth in order to give a complete and natural smile. This dental applicant is a permanent fixture that consists of several different pieces that are fused together in order to fit in the empty space in the mouth.

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Permanent replacement of missing teeth

Dental bridges are used to ‘bridge’ gaps in the mouth where there are missing teeth in order to give a complete and natural smile. This dental applicant is a permanent fixture that consists of several different pieces that are fused together in order to fit in the empty space in the mouth.The dental bridge itself is a fake tooth (typically made of porcelain) which is held in place by the surrounding teeth of the gap and is made to resemble the size and shape of the tooth that is missing.

These can be alternatives to dentures or dental implants. There are four main types of dental bridges that all possess different qualities, which are listed below.

Types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridge:

Consists of a filler tooth that is supported either side by crowns that are placed over the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. This is the most common type of dental bridge used and is often used when there are healthy teeth that are on either side of the missing tooth. Before this type of dental bridge can be fitted, the healthy teeth must be reshaped so that the bridge can be effectively fitted.
Benefits of Dental Bridge:
  • Restores your natural and complete smile

  • Maintain the shape of your face

  • Diminish difficulty in speech caused by the missing tooth

  • Restore your ability to chew properly

  • Prevent the surrounding teeth from moving out of place

  • Prevents problems developing in your bite

  • Reduces the risk of bone loss (which could affect the structure of your face)

  • Does not move like some other dental applicants

  • Prevents a sunken-in appearance of the face

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All Your Questions Answered
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    Gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces your stomach size. By limiting the amount, a person could eat, it is perfect for people who are extremely overweight and neither diet or training is not effective. A person should be extremely careful when deciding to take this procedure as it is irreversible and will greatly affect their lifestyle.
  • How does it work?
    The surgery removes a part of the stomach, reducing its size by 75% thus leaving the left side in a long sleeve shape. While three-quarters of the stomach is removed it retains all its previous functions resulting in a smaller efficient stomach that limits your food intake because of its size. Furthermore, the stomach produces hormones such as gastrin and ghrelin which are associated with the feeling of hunger, so removing a part of the stomach would decrease the level of these hormones as well as your appetite. The rest of the pouch is closed using medical staples and manual stitching to prevent any legates from occurring (doctors could perform a fluid test while operating to validate). During this period of time the patient will be under the effect of general aesthetics and the operation could last between 1-2 hours.
  • What are the benefits?
    30-60 % loss of excessive weight Patients are more energetic allowing for more physical activities which leads to improved fitness, strength, mood and stamina. An improvement in any weight related problem such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, back pain, arterial hypertension etc. Increased self-confidence Healthier lifestyle Improved BMI Increased mobility
  • Risks and Complications
    Risks are lowered considerably if a patient doesn’t smoke and sticks to a healthy lifestyle. Possible risks are : Acid reflux – gastric juice leaks into oesophagus damaging the mucosal layer ( to deal with this antacid medication must be taken up until 3 months after the surgery Blood clots – form due to a lower blood flow in the veins ( to prevent this there should be exercise wherever it is possible, smoking is also damaging and it creates blood clots) Vomiting and nausea – they get better with time Dumping syndrome – occurs when food enters the small intestine too quickly, causing diarrhoea, sweating and bloating (refrain from eating and drinking at the same time or rushing when having a meal) Infections
  • Recovery
    After your stay at the hospital (normally 2 days) it is normal to feel tired the first few days. When a week has passed, you may return to work, though it is recommended to rest 2-3 weeks until your body stabilises. Everyday activities should be comfortable to perform within 4-6 weeks but from 3-6 months some symptoms might develop for this short period of time such as mood changes, tiredness, thinning hair or dry skin (due to the excessive weight loss). However, the ongoing treatment will include our doctors continuously consulting with you helping in creating an exercise plan and a controlled diet. Blood tests might be required to check the progress of the individual. A healthy lifestyle maximises results and reduces risks to a great extent so a patient should exercise, stay hydrated and change their diet and eating habits

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