Dental bridges are a brilliant, permanent solution for those with gaps in their smile. For those only missing a few teeth, they’re a great fixed alternative to dentures.
As the name suggests, a dental bridge ‘bridges’ the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge uses the natural teeth on either side of the gap as anchor points and has the replacement teeth attached to it.
Why might I need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth can affect us negatively when it comes to our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are a number of ways in which dental bridges can help:
Restore confidence and restore your smile
Maintain the natural shape of your face
Re-adjusts bite allowing for effective chewing
Prevents remaining natural teeth from moving
Can help with your speech and pronunciation
Comfortable and easy to maintain
If missing teeth is having an adverse effect on your everyday life, dental bridges may be an excellent solution for you.
How does a dental bridge procedure work?
Fixing dental bridges in place takes course over two appointments.
In the initial appointment, the anchoring teeth (those that will support the bridge) are prepared and moulds taken of the area. These anchoring teeth are shaped so that the crowns of the bridge fit perfectly over them in the next appointment. The moulds are sent to our local lab where they create your unique dental bridge.
In the second appointment, we carefully check the bridge to make sure it’s a perfect fit before cementing it in place.
Is a dental bridge procedure painful?
The mouth is numbed so that no discomfort or pain is felt during the first appointment, and a temporary bridge is used until your permanent one is ready. After the initial appointment, there may be some discomfort in the gums around the anchor teeth, but it shouldn’t last long and over-the-counter painkillers are all you’ll need.
How long does a dental bridge last for?
Dental bridges usually last for around five to 15 years but, as always, it’s dependent on good oral hygiene. It’s the same with natural teeth; you must make a habit of brushing, flossing and rinsing to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge and to prevent tooth decay in the area.
For optimal dental health, we recommend twice yearly appointments with one of our friendly dentists.
What if my dental bridge is hurting?
If your dental bridge is causing you pain, it’s important that you make an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible. Before we can determine what the cause is, we’ll have to examine your mouth and bridge. It could be issues with your bite if the bridge is new, requiring minor alterations. It could be that the dental bridge is loose, or perhaps decay has set in under the crowns that support the bridge.
If ever you experience discomfort or pain in your gums or teeth, please make an appointment with Polished Dental straight away. It’s never a good idea to let these things wait.
Easy payment options
Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:
Health Fund Friendly
At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…