Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Having gaps in your mouth can affect your teeth and gums and make it challenging to eat and talk. If you have missing teeth, we can help you improve your oral health, smile, and confidence by placing a dental bridge in your mouth.

A Dental Bridge

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are permanent fixtures held in place by the adjacent teeth on either side of your gap. They can be an excellent option if you want to replace a missing tooth and prefer not to deal with dentures or dental implants. Dental bridges come in various designs and can utilize different materials.

What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?

  • Adhesive Bridges: Traditional bridges and Maryland bridges have a metal or tooth-coloured ‘wing’ attached to a false tooth, which is then attached to a natural tooth found on either side of the gap.
  • Cantilever Bridges: These dental bridges have one false tooth attached to one crown and don’t need multiple abutment teeth.
  • Fixed Bridges: These types of bridges can have up to five or more dental crowns joined together end-to-end. The crowns at the end cover your existing teeth to hold the bridge in place, while those in the middle replace your missing teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges: These are similar to traditional bridges, but instead of being supported by abutment teeth, they attach to small titanium screws implanted in your jawbone.

 

How Are Bridges Placed?

Unlike other restorative fixtures, getting fitted with a dental bridge will need two appointments. The first appointment prepares your tooth or teeth for the bridge.

This procedure often involves getting your tooth’s outer surface shaped, having an impression taken, and getting fitted with a temporary bridge while waiting for the permanent one’s completion.

The second appointment is where the dentist cements your permanent bridge.

Are Dental Bridges Right for You?

 

Dental bridges can give you good oral hygiene while offering you improved appearance, comfort, function, and confidence. Please schedule an appointment online or by dialling 04 566 1122 today.