Looking to regain your confidence by replacing missing teeth with dental bridges that don’t move when you sneeze or eat?
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth by permanently attaching artificial teeth to natural teeth or implants.
They are generally used where a patient has decided they prefer something which is fixed and not removable such as a denture. There are few components to a bridge – the pontics – which replace the missing teeth, the abutments – which are crowns that are attached to the pontics and are fixed to the neighbouring teeth or implants.
During the consultation visit, the dentist will discuss the various options for replacing your missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth are assessed to make sure they are healthy and strong enough to take the extra load of the artificial teeth. This assessment is done using x rays and other examination. The dentist will make sure the teeth to be used for the abutments are cleaned, free of plaque and decay, if not, these will be treated first.
At the first procedural visit, the dentist will place numbing gel on the gum and then gently administer the local anaesthetic before the preparation of the teeth. The crowns that will be attached to the natural teeth are generally 1mm in thickness, so 1mm preparation of the natural teeth is required. Impressions are taken, a shade is recorded and temporary restorations are placed. At the following visit the temporaries are removed and the bridge cemented.
We have TV, music or movies to help relax you during your procedure.
- No surgery is required
- It generally does not require any bone grafting unless significant bone loss has occurred in the area of the missing teeth
- Usually less financial investment than implants
- It usually requires 2 visits for the procedure
- Sometimes food can get stuck under the pontics. But this can be cleaned using floss specifically for this.
Call us on 9846 2630 to discuss whether a bridge is the right treatment for you.