A Dental bridge is a ceramic dental prosthesis that replaces missing teeth which have had to be extracted. A bridge is a series of several dental crowns attached together. A dental bridge essentially bridges a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a false tooth that is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. There are two main types of dental bridges. The most common type consists of two crowns, made of porcelain or metal, which are permanently bonded to your natural teeth on either side of the space, with the false tooth (or teeth) in the middle.
Dental bridges offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. And with porcelain finishes available, your new tooth could be almost indistinguishable from the natural teeth surrounding it. Having a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your smile and make day-to-day activities such as eating and talking easier. Replacing a missing tooth can also help protect your remaining teeth. When you have gaps, remaining teeth may lean over or move into the space, affecting the way you bite. Food can also get trapped in spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay.
Dental bridges are an investment in your confidence, quality of life, and oral health.
A dental bridge is a good replacement for a “gappy smile”. Lost or missing teeth which may be as a result of an accident or gum disease, can leave you with a series of unsightly gaps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dental bridge?
There are 3 main types of bridge:
- Traditional fixed bridge – this is the most commonly used type of bridge and consists of a minimum of 3 units to replace one or more missing teeth. Both teeth either side of the gap are prepared to receive the bridge and once fixed, it cannot be removed.
- Maryland bridge – is an extremely conservative treatment option where we are able to replace a missing tooth with an artificial tooth which is fused to metal ‘wings’. These ‘wings’ are cemented to the back surface of the teeth either side of the gap, making this a highly eye pleasing option.
- Cantilever bridge – is used mostly at the front of the mouth where less stress forces are present. It is a great solution for one missing tooth, where the false tooth is anchored to one of the adjacent teeth. This solution is more conservative than a fixed bridge.
When would I need a dental bridge?
- Lost or missing teeth
- To correct bite issues
- To prevent gum disease and bone loss
- To relieve pressure on teeth on either side of the gap.
What is the procedure?
We will help you feel comfortable and relaxed before, during and after the procedure.
The procedure takes two appointments and feels no different than having a filling.
At the first appointment, we minimally prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth to the ideal shape for a bridge. We send an impression or mould of your teeth together with the shade of your teeth to our highly skilled laboratory technician to be made. You will wear a temporary bridge whilst your permanent bridge is being made.
Two weeks later at your second appointment, we numb the area again and remove the temporary bridge. We place your new bridge with special dental cement and check the fit and how you bite, to ensure a perfect fit.
What are the benefits of treatment?
Dental bridges transform your teeth, improving your smile and your appearance.
Bridges also protect teeth against further decay or erosion and help you speak, bite, chew and eat comfortably.
How will I feel after treatment?
You may be aware of your new dental bridge for the first few days. This is completely normal and you will get used to it after a few days. Your dental bridge looks completely natural and blends in well with your natural teeth.
How long will my bridge last?
On average your bridge will last 10 to 15 years. However, it does depend on you and how well you look after your bridge, your other teeth and your gums. Regular routine dental examinations and visits with our hygienist will help.
How much will my bridge cost?
We understand that price is an important consideration factor. Like any dental treatment, the cost of a bridge is dependant on the number of teeth that are missing, where they are located in the mouth, the condition of your other teeth, the type of bridge and the material used. Generally, the better the quality of material used the more expensive the bridge will be.
When you come to see us for your first consultation, we will determine the most appropriate treatment for you and provide you with a treatment plan and cost.
Your bridge is guaranteed for one year.
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