Dental Bridges Wodonga
A dental bridge is a treatment designed to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) and, as such, is similar to a denture or an implant.
Adult teeth may be lost in any number of ways, including accidental trauma, infection, or poor gum health.
Replacing missing teeth is important functionally because chewing, clear speech and jaw health can all be affected.
Replacing missing teeth has the added benefit of improving the look of your smile by filling spaces.
The Benefits of Getting Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a single artificial tooth (or series of teeth) fixed in the mouth. Bridges can be secured to an implant or to adjacent teeth (in which case they provide additional strength in much the same way as a crown).
The fact that they are fixed, and therefore do not need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, makes dental bridges a very convenient solution.
Another upside is superior aesthetics; because of the materials used to make the bridge, it is possible to achieve opacity and a lustre that very closely resemble a natural tooth, with the result that you can’t detect any treatment.
Is a dental bridge suitable for you?
Dental bridges, otherwise known as fixed partial dentures, may be your ideal option to replace a tooth or teeth, with the goal of having the new appliance blend seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bridges can be used to replace between 1 and 6 missing teeth.
They are either anchored to relatively healthy teeth at each end or fixed to implants – which, to be viable, require dense, healthy underlying bone.
Because of the excellent control that dental bridges offer over length, width, alignment and shade of the artificial teeth, this option is generally recommended when aesthetics is a priority.
Bridges are generally not suitable where 7 or more teeth need to be replaced, in which case a denture would be a better alternative. They are not usually recommended where adjacent teeth are weak or where there is inadequate bone density to place an implant.
In terms of affordability, bridges sit somewhere between removable dentures and implants.
Dental Bridge Procedure: 3 Steps to an Improved Smile
In cases where implants are not required, the treatment process to place a dental bridge involves the following three steps.
#1. Preparation of the area
Where your teeth are missing and treatment of the surrounding teeth and gums to ensure they’re healthy.
At each end of the gap, remaining teeth are prepared to create surfaces onto which the bridge can adhere.
#2. Taking of impressions
Prime Care Dental then sends these to a quality dental laboratory as the blueprint for your dental crown, which is created by hand.
Your Wodonga dentist will prepare and fix a temporary cap over the prepared teeth, significantly reducing the chances of sensitivity in the meantime.
#3. Removal of the temporary caps
About two weeks later and replacement with your new dental bridge.
Before permanently securing the bridge in place, your Wodonga dentist will try it on over your teeth to ensure that you feel comfortable with the result.
In cases where the teeth at each end of a gap cannot be used to secure a dental bridge, dental implants may be used.
These are titanium screws surgically inserted into the bone below the gums, which provide a very stable foundation onto which your bridge can be fixed.
Missing Teeth? Need a Replacement Option?
Do you think dental bridges are the right choice for you? Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, we can help you.
Many patients get dental bridges so they can perform everyday habits like chewing and talking without issue.
If you have any questions, we are more than happy to provide you with the answers you need to make the right decision.
We are located at 340 Beechworth Road in Wodonga.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Dental Bridges Wodonga
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Can I take my dental bridge out?
No, a dental bridge is called a “fixed” dental prosthetic. This means that we bond the device to your teeth — it remains in place all day and all night. If you are looking for a removable option, you may wish to consider getting dentures.
Can anyone have dental bridges?
Yes! The only requirement to get dental bridges placed is missing at least one of their teeth.
Is the process of getting a bridge complicated?
No, although it will take two dental appointments for your dentist to place a bridge in your mouth. During the initial appointment, the teeth will be prepared for the bridge, and during the next appointment, the bridge will be placed in the mouth.