Dental bridges are appliances that are used for patients with one or more missing teeth. They can help to restore a smile while protect remaining natural teeth without the need for permanent dental implants.
Missing teeth can be a serious matter. Teeth are designed to work together, so when one goes missing it can place stress on the others causing them to shift, become crooked or wear down faster. It can also make it harder to clean and care for other teeth, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak a gappy smile may affect a patient’s self-esteem. Luckily, we offer bridges to help address concerns left by missing teeth for a fully functioning, beautiful smile.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are appliances that are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. This is a combination of two crowns that bracket a prosthetic tooth – the crowns will cover the abutment teeth (teeth on either side of the gap) to hold the prosthetic tooth in place.
There are many benefits associated with dental bridges, including:
- Smile restoration
- Increases the ease of chewing and speaking
- Maintains the shape of your face and jaw function
- Keeps natural teeth from shifting
- Maintains proper bite patterns
- Can increase confidence by disguising gaps left by missing teeth
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic and ceramic fused to metal. There are several different types of bridges available depending on your needs; our expert dental team can help you figure out which option is best for you.
What is the process like for placing a dental bridge?
Placing a dental bridge will take a few visits to complete – but it is well worth the effort!
The process begins with a consultation during which we will discuss your dental treatment options. If bridges are the best treatment, we’ll proceed by trimming down the abutment teeth in preparation for fitting them with crowns. This will ensure that the crowns are not too bulky and look natural.
After this, we will take an impression that we can send to a dental lab. They will make your customised bridge, a process that can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Once we receive the new bridge, you’ll come back into the office where it will be fitted, adjusted and – finally – cemented into place. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of your new dental bridge!
When is a dental bridge necessary?
Dental bridges are primarily for patients who have one or more missing teeth and who have health issues that prevent dental implants from being used. They are also a great solution for patients who are seeking a more permeant alternative to dentures.
How long will my dental bridge last?
You can expect your dental bridge to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years depending on factors such as:
- Oral hygiene practices
- Care and maintenance
- General wear and tear
- Materials used (porcelain vs. metal)
Do you accept payment plans for dental bridge treatments?
Yes! We accept a number of flexible payment options including Humm – allowing you to access up to $12,000 interest-free for your dental treatment. You can learn more about our payment options or schedule your appointment by calling 1300 764 537.