A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is mounted onto existing teeth or implants and cemented into shape, bridging the gap to create a full and natural-looking smile.
A missing tooth can make you feel shy and self-conscious. You can regain your confidence by restoring your smile with a dental bridge.
Dental bridges are ideal for filling gaps and creating a happy smile to enhance your natural beauty. If missing teeth have you feeling insecure, your smile.com.au approved dentist can offer a solution with affordable dental bridge treatment.
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There are three main types of dental bridges:
The most commonly used type of bridge, traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. Here a crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the gap with a pontic, or imitation tooth, in between.
Used when there are adjacent teeth on one side only of the missing tooth or teeth, a cantilever bridge is best suited for use in the back of the mouth where it can't place much force on other teeth and damage them.
Resin-bonded bridges, also known as Maryland bridges, are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings protruding from one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
The treatment required to replace a missing tooth varies from patient to patient.
The suitability of a candidate for dental bridge treatment can depend on factors including:
Your smile.com.au approved dentist will assist in choosing the best solution for your individual case.
It is normal to feel some tenderness or sensitivity for a few days after a dental bridge treatment. Call your smile.com.au approved dentist if you are experiencing pain or discomfort after more than a few days.
Dental Bridge Treatment
The cost of dental bridge treatment depends on your individual case. Factors including the type of dental bridge being used and where you are receiving treatment will affect the cost of your treatment.
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Dental bridge treatment provides both cosmetic and health benefits including:
If having teeth missing is affecting your ability to perform everyday functions or simply causing you to feel insecure, dental bridge treatment is a great solution.
The procedure is not painful and discomfort is minimal. The procedure to prepare your teeth that will anchor the bridge is generally done using local anaesthetic. A temporary bridge is put in place and there is usually little pain afterwards.
Dental bridges generally last between 5-15 years. This varies from patient to patient and can depend on how well the bridge is looked after. With good oral care and regular check-ups, you can expect dental bridges to last over 10 years.
Ensure the longevity of your dental bridge by practising good oral hygiene, including:
By maintaining good oral health, you can assist in prolonging the life of your dental bridge.
Floss around your real tooth and the false teeth in your bridge to remove plaque. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to clean the tooth surface and the base of the tooth at your gums. Gently remove and dispose of your floss when you're done. Plaque can build up around the false teeth in your dental bridge, which can affect the health of your real teeth and cause gum disease and decay, so it's important to clean and care for your dental bridge just as you would care for your real teeth.
If the bridge is sound, it is possible for your dentist to fix your dental bridge. If the porcelain coating on the bridge is chipped or fractured, your dentist may be able to repair the coating. Unfortunately if your dentist believes that your dental bridge is no longer sound then you'll probably need a replacement.
If your dental bridge hurts there are several potential causes of such pain. It's important that you see your smile.com.au approved dentist about the pain, as only your dentist can diagnose the cause of the pain accurately. If your bridge is new, your bite may be too high. Alternatively, your dental bridge maybe loose, or there may be decay under the crown that supports the bridge.
Dental bridges and implants are widely accepted and common solutions for missing teeth today. While dental bridges generally involve at least three crowns connected to fill the void of your missing teeth, an implant can replace a single tooth without affecting other teeth. For more information about the pros and cons of dental bridges and implants and a comparison of these treatments see our article on the Differences Between Dental Bridge and Dental Implants. Before getting treatment it's essential to consult your smile.com.au approved dentist, to get the treatment advice that's right for you.
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