Dental Bridge Treatment
A dental bridge is a false tooth that helps to fill the gap due to missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are non-removable.
This is a less invasive and immediate option compared to some other treatments for missing teeth, offering a natural-looking solution. They are usually made from metal and porcelain and hold in place by utilising the neighbouring teeth for support.
In case you have any concerns about dental bridge treatment, please feel free to give us a call.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional bridges are most commonly used in cases where there are natural teeth or implants on either of the missing tooth. A traditional dental bridge consists of crowns on either side of one or two artificial teeth. When the crowns are fitted over the neighbouring teeth, it acts as an anchor and provides the necessary support to fix the bridge in place.
The cantilever bridge is used in cases where only one anchor tooth is used to support the missing tooth. Since the cantilever bridge is not as strong as a traditional bridge, they are usually used in the front tooth where the biting forces are not as much as compared to the back ones.
Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge)
A bonded bridge is used when the surrounding teeth show little or no damage. Using resin, metal bands are bonded to the inner side of the adjacent teeth. Thus, the bonded bridge is a perfect solution for teeth facing minimal stress such as the front teeth.
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant
The main benefits of implants over bridges are:
- They don’t require the support of neighbouring teeth
- They are more durable and can last for decades
- They help to prevent shrinkage of the jawbone, especially where teeth have been lost.
- They provide a firm grip which makes artificial teeth feel and appear more natural as compared to dentures or bridges.
On the flipside, implants require surgical procedure hence they are much more costly than a bridge or denture procedure. Treatment duration is also longer as it takes time for the implant to fuse with the bone and for the healing to complete. This can take up to several months before the abutment and crown are attached.
In cases where one have a row of several missing teeth or have a lack of healthy teeth to act as anchors, implant-supported bridges may be a feasible treatment. Implants can be placed and subsequently act as an anchor for a dental bridge.
This option is definitely much more cost-effective than replacing each missing tooth with an implant.
Implant-supported bridges help to restore your smile and allow you to speak and chew properly by restoring the natural size, shape and colour of your teeth. Tooth, bite and jaw alignment can also be maintained by preventing remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
The Benefits of Dental Bridge
Dental Bridge is a good solution that can cater to one or multiple missing teeth. Some of the advantages of a dental bridge are:
- They restore a natural-looking smile
- Treatments times are relatively quick
- They restore the ability to chew effectively
- They prevent other teeth from drifting
- The procedure is less invasive than other treatments
- They can last for up to 15 years if cared for properly
- There is no need to wear a palate
- Less expensive alternative to dental implants
Dental Bridge Procedure
Depending on the complexity of your case, the procedure is usually carried out over two appointments:
- You will have an initial consultation with one of our friendly dentists for an assessment of your teeth. During this appointment, we will guide you through each of the treatment options.
- As soon as you and our dentist decide on the treatment plan, the teeth adjacent to the gap will be prepared and an impression will be taken and used to create your dental bridge.
- You will be fitted with a temporary bridge whilst you wait for the permanent one.
- In your second appointment, we will fit the permanent bridge and adjust it to ensure the perfect fit
Who is Suitable for Dental Bridge Treatment?
Dental Bridge is one of the few solutions that can cater to one or more missing teeth. There are various types of dental bridges to suit your needs and oral health condition. If you have a missing tooth, it is vital that you get it replaced immediately as the implications are more than just aesthetic. Besides affecting how your smile looks, a missing tooth can create a strain on the other teeth as your chewing action changes and the extra space due to the missing tooth can also encourage your remaining teeth to shift.
Dental bridge also improves your facial shape and smile. If missing tooth is not replaced, food can gather in the gap, bacteria will gather and this may eventually lead to tooth decay. By filling in the gap, your teeth become easier to clean.
Consult with one of our dentists today to understand more about dental bridges and determine which treatment is the best for you.