Dental Bridges

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Restore Your Smile With Dental Bridges In Gateways Dental Centre

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, dental bridges can be an excellent way to fix your smile.
A dental bridge is an option for replacing one or more missing teeth when other restorative dental solutions such as dentures, partials, and implants are not suitable. While these treatments are used to fill gaps in your smile when some of your natural teeth are missing, they work differently and offer different benefits.
A dental bridge uses replacement teeth anchored by crowns on either side of the gap created by the missing teeth. This helps keep them stable and secure while also helping you eat more comfortably than with dentures alone. At Gateways Dental Centre, we want all our patients to get the best treatment possible. That is why our team of dentists provide various quality dental services and affordable treatment to meet our patients’ needs.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

1.) Boost self-esteem

Dental bridges can improve people’s self-esteem and quality of life by restoring the form and function of their teeth. It may also be beneficial for people concerned about the aesthetic appeal of their teeth following tooth extraction.

2.) Better chewing ability

When you lose a tooth, you may have discomfort when eating. The surrounding teeth may shift towards the gap, causing pain. Furthermore, food particles become stuck in the socket where your old tooth used to be, causing gum disease. To alleviate eating discomfort, a conventional bridge treatment is recommended.

3.) Improve your Speech

Multiple tooth loss may impair your ability to pronounce words and may result in a lisp. You may regain your speech by addressing the tooth loss that is causing your communication problems. Your permanent teeth significantly influence how words form when you talk. Dental bridges can help correct voice difficulties caused by tooth loss.

4.) Keeping your teeth aligned

Permanent tooth roots beneath the gums secure your teeth in place and are supported by neighbouring teeth.
As a result of tooth loss, your remaining natural teeth may begin to shift into the empty area. To avoid actual tooth movement during dental bridge treatment, a prosthetic tooth must be used in place of the missing tooth. Moving healthy teeth might become loose, resulting in more harm.

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Different Types Of Dental Bridge

Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.

Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common any more and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.

Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Many people who have lost a tooth or several teeth can benefit from dental bridges as a restoration option. Bridges work best when two healthy and strong teeth are present on either side of the space where teeth are missing. Both teeth should also have a strong root structure to support the fixed dental bridge. A decayed or infected tooth cannot be used to support the bridge.
Adjacent teeth will shift and move due to a gap in your dentition. This causes problems with bite alignment, uneven chewing wear, and TMJ dysfunction. Additionally, the remaining teeth become more prone to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • As part of the initial dental clinic visit, the abutment teeth of a dental bridge are prepared after the dental check-up. During this dental procedure, a layer of enamel or the surface of teeth is removed from the teeth to allow a dental crown to be placed over them.
  • The dentist creates a mould or impression of the natural teeth and sends it to a dental laboratory for creation. Your dentist will create a temporary bridge to protect your teeth from injury and discomfort while they are being restored.
  • The temporary bridge will be removed on your second visit to the dental practice, and your new porcelain or metal bridge will be adjusted to your liking. To ensure the metal framework fits well, the patient may need to come to the dental office more than once.
  • Sometimes, the dentist may cement your permanent bridge temporarily to ensure a proper fit for many weeks. It would be permanently cemented in a couple of weeks.
Depending on the clinic location, dental materials used, and dental check-up cost here is the approximate cost of dental bridges in Western Australia.

Traditional bridge (3 unit bridge):

Crown (Veneered) – Indirect – $1535
Bridge pontic – Per Pontic – $1210

Cantilever bridge:

Crown (Veneered) – Indirect – $1529 – $1760
Bridge Pontic – Indirect – Per Pontic – $1206 – $1570

Maryland’s Bridge with porcelain wings:

Bridge pontic – Per Pontic – $1210
Retainer for the bonded fixture – $150

Implant-supported bridge:

Bridge Pontic – Per Pontic – $1115 – $1780
Abutment – $1620 – $2650
Crown attached to the implant – Indirect – $3469 – $5000

Bonded Bridge – Direct – Anterior / Posterior Teeth – $261.00 (Provisional bridge pontic – per pontic)

Partial denture and dental implant treatment are commonly used as alternatives to dental bridges. A dental implant or prosthetic can be used instead of or in addition to a dental bridge.

Dental Implants:

When you miss a tooth, dental implant treatment can replace the missing tooth permanently, and they can keep your healthy smile looking great. To place one or more titanium screws, local anaesthesia is administered to numb the soft tissue around the implants. Artificial tooth root replacements become an integral part of the body instead of resting on the gum line like dental crowns.

People with a lack of jaw bone structure are not suitable candidates for this treatment method. For individuals who do not have enough jawbone to hold the metal post, bone grafting is required before implant placement.

Partial Dentures:

Removable partial dentures may be the most suitable option for individuals who have lost their teeth. The affordability of these oral appliances is one of their significant advantages, which makes them a popular choice among the budget-conscious. Even though they might not feel like your natural teeth, dentures can give you back your beautiful smile.

In general, dental bridges last between five and ten years, depending on their type and maintenance. It is pretty rare for it to last more than 15 to 20 years. Therefore, proper dental health and frequent examinations may make a significant difference.

To make a dental bridge last, the health and strength of the teeth that hold it in place must be strong and healthy. Keeping your teeth clean will help you avoid dental problems such as tooth loss.

A good dental care routine: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing correctly is essential to maintain good oral health. You’ll be instructed to use a threader similar to floss that slips through the crevices between the gums and the bridge.

Regular dental cleanings every six months: Professional teeth cleaning is necessary to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Seeing the dentist regularly can help you avoid dental caries or tooth decay, even if you are in good health.

Eat a healthy diet: You should also eat a healthy diet, consuming various fruits and vegetables and staying away from hard and chewy foods. During the first few days following dental treatment, it is recommended to eat only soft foods.

There are times when it is possible to fix a simple crack in a bridge or crown. It can sometimes be done to fix a bridge that isn’t strong enough. Your dentist will discuss fixing or replacing your dental bridge based on its condition.

If you break your dental bridge, you need to stay calm and go to the dentist office right away. A broken bridge may not hurt as much as a broken tooth, but the break lets bacteria get into your dental bridge, which can pose problems down the line.

Take the first steps toward your

perfect smile today!