Dental Bridges in Adelaide

What are dental bridges & why are they important

Bridges are fixed crowns used to anchor replacement teeth. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.

  • A bridge consists of cosmetic porcelain crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. The crowns act as anchors for the replacement teeth
  • The crowns are permanently cemented to the natural teeth or attached to implants on either side of the empty space
  • Porcelain bridges are matched to the shade of your natural teeth providing a highly cosmetic result
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Procedure for a dental bridge

  • The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth is carefully prepared & shaped to provide space for a porcelain crown to be attached
  • An impression is made of the prepared teeth & sent to a specialized laboratory technician who will fabricate the porcelain crowns
  • Temporary crowns are made to cover the teeth while waiting for the permanent crowns to be fabricated (approximately 1 week)
  • The porcelain bridge is firmly bonded onto the teeth to provide a secure and stable fixture with highly functional & cosmetic result
  • The entire procedure will involve 2 appointments

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

  • provide a fixed tooth/teeth replacement 
  • improve your ability to eat & speak properly
  • improve your smile
  • distribute chewing forces evenly, reducing the loading of your natural teeth

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to get an opinion on your need for dental bridges.

Frequently Asked Questions For Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are restorative structures used to replace missing teeth that may have been lost to trauma, dental decay, extraction, or age.

During the dental bridges procedure, are dentist will use dental crowns to “bridge” the space between the teeth you may be missing.

These days, bridges are usually made from porcelain so that they can be shaded to look natural and even last longer.

A partial dental bridge or removable partial denture (RPD) consists of artificial teeth that are attached to a small, gum-colored or pink plastic base.

Metal framework or other flexible materials may also be used to hold the partial in place. removable partial dentures can be a good tooth replacement option if you still have some natural teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw.

Dental bridges typically don’t hurt.

In fact, when are dentist is working on your teeth to prepare them for a bridge, he or she will use local anesthesia to numb the area. This helps with the management of any pain.

After the numbing agent wears off, you may experience some slight pain and sensitivity, but an over-the-counter pain medication may be all you need to feel better.

If you have severe pain, contact your dentist right away because this isn’t normal.

Traditional, fixed bridges are permanently cemented in your mouth.

But if you opt for a removable, partial dental bridge, then you can remove it at any time.

Many patients remove bridges while they sleep and for cleaning purposes. Which can be more hygienic if you don’t brush your teeth on a regular bases.

Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

But sometimes, patients can use the same ones for decades!

However, the durability of dental bridges is dependent on a variety of factors; including:

  • how well you take care of your teeth,
  • where the bridges are located, 
  • the materials used to create them.

Even though bridge tooth replacements can last for many years, problems still occur with time & care or sometimes lack of care.

If you have a broken bridge, or we notice something concerning during a routine dental exam, (which we recommend every 6 months) then he or she may be able to repair the damage.

Just be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice something wrong with your dental bridge.

Putting things off could mean the loss of your bridge or damage to your surrounding teeth depending on the problem.

In short, yes — you can replace a dental bridge.

If your bridge has significant chipping, breakage, or comes off completely, then your we may want to replace it with a brand new one.

However, a replacement bridge typically won’t last as long as the first one.

If you want a more permanent option that will last longer, dental implants are typically recommended as a far better tooth replacement option.