If you are missing a tooth or teeth, a dental bridge is a great replacement that can give you a perfect smile and solve issues that arise from missing a tooth, such as lowered self-image, strain when chewing, discomfort when biting down or trouble speaking. Dental bridges offer more support than a traditional partial denture because a dental implant brief is permanently fixed in place.
The main advantages of having a dental bridge are:
Not only do you get to enjoy the improved aesthetic appearance from replacing the missing tooth, but you also can improve the colour and the shape of the teeth on either side of the bridge with porcelain dental crowns. Porcelain is the desired material of choice in these circumstances because it matches great to your natural teeth colour, and it is very resistant to staining.
Bridges are fixed in your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about taking it out to clean as you would with a partial denture. However, it is still imperative that you keep the bridge clean so that you don’t experience any issues with your teeth and gums later.
Fixed bridgework is very predictable, durable and lasts a considerable length of time as long as you maintain your oral health. In fact, fixed bridges can last 10 to 15 years if you take care of them well and maintain good eating habits.
However, it should be said that if you choose to have a dental bridge, then you will always need a crown or bridge, as the remaining teeth that are prepared to support this type of bridge will suffer damage as a result.
Relatively Fast Dental Restoration Solution
Having a dental bridge put in place only takes a bit longer than a single crown would, depending on the type and size of the bridge. The whole process only requires two appointments from start to finish, each appointment taking about an hour and a half. During the first visit, your anchor teeth or implants will be shaped to prepare them for the crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Moulds of your teeth will be sent to a dental lab to make the bridge, which usually takes about a week. During the second visit, the bridge will be placed, fitted and cemented into place. Overall this is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or partial denture.
Less invasive than implants
The other option for tooth replacement with cosmetic dentistry is to have dental implants. Of course, oftentimes the placement of a fixed bridge also tends to involve dental implants. However, if you are using your natural teeth as anchors, generally the process of having a fixed bridge placed is much less invasive than implants, which require one or more surgical procedures to place the implants. In addition, with implants, you might also require bone grafting if you have insufficient bone available. In addition, if you cannot undergo implant surgery for medical reasons, a fixed bridge is a great alternative.
A dental implant bridge has the most predictable long-term outcome. If you think this could be an option for you, please contact Randwick Dental Clinic in Sydney for a consultation with our implant dentist.