Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and fill a space where one more teeth have been lost. The dental bridge is created by connecting two or more dental crowns together over your existing teeth. Unlike dentures a bridge is bonded or cemented into place and only a dentist can remove it.
There are three main advantages of bridges: they look, feel and function like natural teeth; they don’t require removal for cleaning; and they cost less than dental implants.
Securing your dental bridge will usually take more than one trip to the dentist. On your first visit, we prepare your teeth on either side of the gap as the bridge will be attached to these teeth. We then takes an impression of your teeth and send the impression off to a dental laboratory.
Depending on your unique situation, dental technicians at the lab make your dental bridge using a combination of metal, ceramics and glass-ceramics. While your bridge is being developed your dentist here at Paramount Dental Sydney will place a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth.
When your new bridge is ready, we will fit the apparatus to your prepared teeth making any adjustments before bonding with a high-tech cement. The dental bridge is now permanent and quickly feels like a natural part of your mouth.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Good dental hygiene is extremely important as the teeth underneath the crowns and bridge are vulnerable to plaque and decay. To ensure your bridge's lifespan of more than ten years, make sure you brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t forget to floss.
We will also show you how to effectively clean your bridge along with the rest of the mouth while you are in the surgery. We also suggest avoiding hard, sticky snacks such as toffee, caramelised nuts and popcorn.
Paramount Dental Sydney emphasise that losing a tooth is a serious matter and encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if this has happened to you. When a tooth is missing the bones begin to shrink and change the shape of your face and all of this can be prevented if the tooth is replaced quickly.
Several factors can vary and increase the cost of treatment.