Bridge over troubled smiles with Dental Bridges

Teeth were designed to complement each other and play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. People with missing teeth often feel embarrassed while smiling. If you’re ignoring missing teeth, you may be compromising on biting certain foods, putting a limitation on your diet. You may also experience further tooth loss in the not so distant future. Hence, it’s important to visit your dentist to discuss tooth replacement options following tooth loss/extraction.

Dental bridges are a common restorative technique used by dentists to replace missing teeth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge contains a prosthetic tooth or teeth and spans the gap between the missing teeth. The bridge is secured by attachment to adjacent teeth at either end of the gap. The procedure involves filing down and shaping the adjacent natural teeth at each end of the gap so that a crown can be fitted onto each one which will hold the dental bridge securely in place. The custom made bridge ensures a seamless finish to your restored smile.

Why use dental bridges?What is the process of obtaining a dental bridge?

The entire process of obtaining dental bridges will require at least two visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth for dental bridges. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Your dentist will then take an impression to provide an exact mold for the bridge.

During the second visit, your dental bridge will be placed, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit.

Bridge Procedure

How long do dental bridges last?

With proper dental care and oral hygiene measures, dental bridges can last a lifetime. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by any dental disease. Hence, it’s important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. See your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

If you’d like to learn more about dental bridges, then why not book a consultation Dentistry in Elwood where we can discuss all of your dental options to restore your smile. Dr. Mark Peddey is a general restorative dentist with an expertise in the areas of comprehensive, planned oral rehabilitation with an emphasis on oral function, aesthetics and smile design. Contact us on 03-9531-0011 for appointments.

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