Why do people need dental bridges?
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and will consist of an artificial tooth (known as a pontic) that is attached to the teeth on either side.
A bridge will usually be necessary because missing teeth have caused your remaining teeth to shift in your mouth in order to fill the gap. This leads to an imbalance in the structure of the teeth, and can create a range of secondary problems, including gum disease and jaw problems like malocclusion, or a bad bite.
How are dental bridges fitted?
A dental bridge is typically used to replace one or more missing teeth, and will usually be made up of a false tooth attached to the teeth on either side.
This can be in the form of a crown on either side with an artificial tooth in between (known as a conventional bridge).
To begin the process, an x-ray of the potential anchor teeth will be taken to assess if they are strong enough to support the artificial tooth. An impression or a scan of your teeth will then be taken and used as the basis for the construction of the bridge. Once done, your bridge will be cemented into place (a separate appointment will be required for this), and you can generally continue to live as normal with regard to diet and oral hygiene.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
It’s easy to feel self-conscious when you have missing teeth, and so a bridge is an ideal solution for anyone who has gaps that are noticeable when you open your mouth or smile. In addition, bridges can provide a variety of structural benefits as well.
They serve to strengthen the adjacent teeth, and are strong and long lasting, enabling you to maintain a good oral health routine. Furthermore, in some scenarios several teeth at a time can be replaced in a single bridge, if required.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
If you have a missing tooth or gaps in your teeth that are impacting on your dental health, making it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, or affecting your smile and self-confidence, then a dental bridge may be the solution you are looking for.
At Southside Dental Options we have experience in all forms of restorative dental treatment, and can assess whether a bridge is going to be right for you. We will look at how healthy and stable your remaining teeth are, whether you have any gum disease, or if any decay is impacting the structural integrity of your teeth.
Ideally, a missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible after it has been lost in order to prevent teeth moving or shifting to fill in the gaps created.
Common questions about Dental Bridges
What factors determine if a dental bridge is suitable?
In order to assess whether a dental bridge is an appropriate form of treatment for you, our dentists will examine your overall oral health along with your jawbone density. This is to determine whether your existing teeth will be strong enough to support a bridge.
What different types of dental bridge can be fitted?
Bridges can be constructed from a variety of materials, including porcelain and ceramic, and a range of materials can be used to fuse the false tooth to the remaining teeth or structural framework. The precise configuration will depend on your specific needs and circumstances.
How long does it take to have a dental bridge fitted?
You will usually need to make two visits to our Morphett Vale dental practice to have a bridge fitted, and you can expect there to be a gap of 2 to 3 weeks between appointments to allow time for the bridge to be constructed. In some circumstances it can be done sooner.