A dental bridge (or tooth bridge) can help you replace a missing tooth to get the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. If you experience strain when chewing, discomfort when biting down, or have trouble speaking due to missing teeth, cosmetic dental bridges can help.
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What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is both a cosmetic and general dentistry solution. Our Randwick clinic uses dental bridges that are a cosmetic solution to close gaps between teeth, filling spaces with attractive, durable and comfortable teeth. Dental bridges can be permanently positioned and with proper maintenance can last for a long time.
Dental bridges explained
What types of dental bridges are available?
Modern dentistry offers several types of dental bridges, which can be made of durable porcelain, gold, or composite materials. There are three main types of dental bridges.
TRADITIONAL FIXED BRIDGES
This is the most commonly used type of bridge and consists of two cosmetic porcelain crowns that are anchoring the porcelain teeth or implants.
RESIN BONDED BRIDGES OR MARYLAND BONDED BRIDGES
A bonded bridge is an option when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth and when the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth do not have large fillings. The false tooth has two metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth.
A cantilever bridge is mostly used for the front teeth as they are susceptible to lower stress. Cantilever bridges are used when the teeth present only one side of the space as anchorage.
When do I need a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your:
- Smile and appearance
- Bite, as a result of adjacent teeth leaning into the space and altering the way the upper and lower teeth bite together
- Shape of your face
- Gum disease and tooth decay, as a result of food accumulated in the gap
What are the advantages of dental bridges?
When a single tooth is lost, other teeth may shift or move. A dental bridge helps to support the teeth around where your tooth was lost. Leaving the space may allow teeth to drift into the space, changing your bite. This may result in a sore jaw, gum disease or tooth decay due to difficulty cleaning the teeth.
What are cosmetic dental bridges?
The dentist can attach dental bridges either permanently so that they are called fixed dental bridges, or so that they are removable, as in a denture.
Cosmetic dental bridges are false teeth that are supported by neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The dentist fuses the false tooth in between two cosmetic porcelain crowns which serve as anchors bridging them together. Fixed dental bridges can replace several teeth or just one tooth.
If you are missing a tooth or some teeth, porcelain dental bridges may offer the ideal solution. Our dentist offers cosmetic dental bridges that provide a natural appearance, reducing the patient’s risk of gum problems and future bite difficulties. Dental bridges also eliminate the possibility that your remaining teeth could shift into the gap left by a missing tooth.
Dental bridges that are cosmetic can be an excellent solution because they look and feel like the natural teeth. Dental bridges are used to aesthetically eliminate the gap left by a missing tooth, giving the patient a comfortable wear and a beautiful smile.
Dental bridges improve chewing and speaking, ease stress on the bite, and cosmetic dental bridges can also help support your facial bone structure.
How much do cosmetic dental bridges cost?
Cosmetic dental bridges can range in price from $1000 to $3000 per tooth based on the aforementioned factors. Dental insurance will typically pay a percentage of the fee depending on the individual dental plan.
What is the procedure for the placement of dental bridges?
Dental bridges, regardless of type, will generally require two visits. In your first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth surrounding the gap, then take a mold and place a temporary cosmetic bridge. The mold is used as a guide for the crafting of your cosmetic dental bridge. On your next appointment, the dentist will bond your dental bridge into place.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges can last 10-15 years provided you maintain good dental hygiene and eating habits. If you exercise proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular check ups, your cosmetic bridge can last for many years.
Brushing and flossing are very important around all areas of the bridge and teeth. Woodsticks or interdental brushes may be of use to help maintain healthy and long lasting bridges.