Dental bridges are commonly recommended for those patients with gaps from missing teeth. As these gaps often allow remaining teeth room to rotate and shift, this treatment is imperative to prevent issues in alignment. Dental bridges serve to fill, and maintain structure in such a space and are attached to either end of the two closest teeth. An artificial tooth will be placed in the gap to ensure no movement occurs. Whilst seemingly complex, when a patient takes the scope of the protective qualities of the procedure into account, it becomes clear that dental bridges are the optimum and most effective treatment for the gaps created by missing teeth.
Why dental bridges?
Treatment with dental bridges has a variety of aesthetic and long-term health benefits. It will keep you from having to purchase costly realigning agents further down the line such as braces. It is a low-risk procedure, and patients can be confident that their practitioner will have performed it many times before. Bridges can also be fixed to either natural teeth or implants, meaning there is no call for concern from those patients worrying whether or not their current dental situation could impede them from this procedure.
Dental Bridges Procedure
There are three different types of dental bridges that are used for the procedure. The first, a traditional bridge, is used when the bridge will be attached to two crowns. A cantilever bridge, on the other hand, is used when only a single crown is present. When a patient has natural teeth on either side, the dentist will often use the Maryland bridge. This is a slightly more complex procedure and will require multiple visits to the dentist. All dental bridge procedures, regardless of type, will need to be implemented in various stages.
In some cases, the dentist will need to place a crown on both teeth surrounding the gap before the bridge is applied. If a dental health professional deems this necessary, the first step of the procedure will involve moulding the teeth to fit the bridge that will then be applied. While this may sound disconcerting, a general anaesthetic will be employed to minimise discomfort.
The second part of the procedure involves the sizing and fitting of the artificial tooth for the gap. In order to do this, an impression of the area in which the bridge will be applied needs to be taken and then used to create a bridge made to fit your exact specifications. The creation of this generally takes a few weeks. In the interim, the dentist will apply a temporary bridge to prevent any misalignment that may occur while you wait for the final product to arrive.
A final appointment is then needed for the application of the permanent bridge. This will take about an hour, to an hour and a half. While this may seem complex and time-consuming, once applied, a dental bridge if well kept can last for over 10 years. The most common cause of damage to a dental bridge is from cavities forming on the teeth that have been crowned. To avoid this, simply maintain good dental hygiene through daily cleaning and flossing along with regular dental check-ups.
How long does it take to get a dental bridge?
As mentioned above, the steps involved in the application of a dental bridge span several weeks. This is mainly due to the fact that dental bridges have to be custom made to fit the unique specifications of the patient. However, the 2 or more appointments involved should not take longer than 90 minutes. It is also important to remember the longevity of the bridge and the time saved from preventing misalignment before it occurs.
Why Choose Us?
Our dentists provide the highest standard of cosmetic dentistry to the Melbourne area. We ensure that our professionals are trained to consistent levels of proficiency across all procedures that we offer, so whether the reason for your visit is to receive dental fillings or to begin the process of the application of teeth veneers, you can rest assured knowing that your dental health is in safe hands. With competitive prices and a customer-centric service, we strive to ensure all our customers leave satisfied, be it their first endeavour into the world of cosmetic dentistry, or the latest in a series of procedures all designed to leave you with that brighter smile.