A dental bridge is an artificial tooth supported by crowns on the adjacent teeth. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to replace a missing tooth. Once the procedure is completed, you can eat, smile and speak with confidence again. The bridge will look and function like the rest of your teeth, and we will carefully match the shade of the porcelain to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Learn more about this procedure during your initial consultation.
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What are bridges?
There are two types of dental bridges available. The first uses crowns on the surrounding teeth to provide support to the artificial tooth placed in the gap. And the second uses small wings attached to the inner surface of the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place. Both are highly effective for replacing missing teeth and closing gaps in your smile. This is a cost-effective alternative to more extensive treatment like a dental implant.
Are you a suitable candidate?
To be a good candidate for a dental bridge, you need to have a missing tooth that is surrounded by a healthy tooth structure. If the surrounding teeth have been weakened by cavities, then dental crowns may be used to support the artificial tooth. However, if you have healthy surrounding teeth, then an adhesive bridge may be more suitable, as this requires less preparation of the supporting teeth. We will explore all treatment options with you during your initial consultation.
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Your dental bridge treatment journey
Wondering if this treatment is right for you? This is what you can expect from a typical treatment journey.
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We prepare the surrounding teeth and take impressions to create your bridge. These are sent to a lab to create your perfect bridge.
Placing the Bridge
Once the crown is ready, you will return to the practice and we will complete the restoration. We either use crowns or wings to fix your bridge in place.
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With the restoration complete, you can smile with confidence again. The bridge will look and feel like your natural teeth.
When done correctly, a bridge can look very natural. The key is to ensure that the bridge is made from materials that match your natural teeth in terms of colour and shape. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best options for your needs.
You will need to wait for the extraction site to heal before placing the bridge, simply to ensure there are no complications. The soft tissue will typically heal in 3-4 weeks.
You should wait at least an hour after the procedure before eating or drinking. This gives your teeth and gums time to adjust and heal. Avoid very hard foods such as ice or boiled sweets after your procedure as these can chip your bridge.
The procedure to place a dental bridge usually takes two to three hours. This includes preparation of the teeth, placement of the bridge, and adjustment. The whole procedure takes place over at least two visits.
The number of teeth that can be on a bridge depends on the type of bridge you have. A traditional fixed bridge typically consists of three to five crowns, which can fill a gap with up to three teeth. For larger gaps, dental implants or a denture might be more suited.
There is no definitive answer to this question. It depends on a number of factors, including the health of your teeth and gums, your budget, and your personal preferences. Your dentist will be able to advise you on which option is best for you.
No, a dental bridge is not painful. In fact, most people report feeling little to no discomfort after the procedure. There may be some soreness or tenderness in the gums and teeth for a few days afterwards, but this can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.
The lifespan of a dental bridge depends on a few factors, including the type of bridge, the materials used, and how well it is cared for. Generally, however, dental bridges can last for five to seven years before they need to be replaced.
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How much do dental bridges cost in 2023?
We offer flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of treatment.
The cost of your dental bridge will depend on the size, placement and materials used for the restoration. Rear teeth and multiple teeth will be most costly than a smaller unit. When you consider the lifetime value of your restoration, it’s easy to see how this procedure is worth every penny. During your initial consultation, we will explore the cost of the treatment and payment options available to you. With interest-free credit payment plans, you could spread the cost of your dental bridge, ensuring that high quality restorative dental work is accessible and affordable.
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