A dental bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is both aesthetic and functional.
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
A dental bridge from Parkfield Dental will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
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It will usually take two visits to your dentist to have a dental bridge fitted and adjusted correctly. On your first visit preparatory work will be done, shaping the teeth for the bridge to fit on to. Your dentist will then take a mould of your teeth, which will be sent to the laboratory for the dental technician to make the bridge.
On your next visit, your dental bridge will be fitted and adjusted to ensure a correct bite. If you are happy with the way the bridge fits and looks your dental bridge will be fixed in place. If at this stage the shade or fit of the bridge is not correct it can be sent back to the laboratory for any necessary adjustments to be made before it is fixed in place permanently.
A dental bridge will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
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There are three main types of dental bridges which we’ll go into more detail below. Each has their own unique qualities and at Parkfield Dental we work hard to help find you the right type of dental bridge so you can go back to being your confident self.
Traditional Fixed Bridges are the most common type of bridge and are usually made from porcelain that is fused to metal or ceramics. Traditional fixed bridges create a ‘filler’ tooth that is supported by crowns (that go over healthy teeth) that go either side of the filler tooth to keep it in place. This type of bridge is chosen when there is a need to replace a missing tooth where there are healthy supporting teeth on either side of them. Both of the healthy teeth are reshaped and fitted with crowns to ensure that they are strong enough to support the bridge.
The cantilever bridge is used when the patient has no teeth on one side of the missing tooth, therefore only one side of the bridge with a healthy tooth and crown. A Cantilever bridge can also be used when there are no teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. Sometimes it’s just not viable, medically or aesthetically to prepare both sides for a crown, for instance, if a front tooth was next to the missing tooth – turning that front tooth into a crown would not look good nor would it be strong enough to support the bridge. If the tooth to the side of the missing one is already supporting another dental prosthetic, restoration of that may not always be an option.
A Maryland Bonded Bridge is used most commonly to replace front teeth and is usually made from a metal framework with porcelain fused to metal teeth. The pontic is fitted next to the healthy teeth with metal or porcelain wings on both sides of the bridge. It is a more conservative option because it doesn’t require reshaping and there isn’t any need to place crowns on the adjacent teeth.
There are plenty of fantastic benefits when it comes to getting a dental bridge and at Parkfield Dental our friendly dentists like to make sure each and every client knows about their dental treatment procedure but also knows about all the advantages of their cosmetic treatment and how it will improve their overall appearance.
Below are just a few benefits to undergoing this type of dental procedure:
Because a dental implant is most commonly made of dental porcelain, a very strong material, they do not require any special care. You should still brush and floss around them as you do your natural teeth, and pay close attention to your gum health. However, because the false tooth is fused to one or more neighbouring tooth crowns, you will not be able to floss between the false tooth and its neighbours.
Our dental hygienists can show you how to properly clean your teeth and maintain a strong and healthy bridge. Our advice, in general, is that you should brush twice a day and floss then use an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Virtually any person missing teeth is a candidate for dental bridges. If spaces between the teeth are not filled in, other teeth can become damaged or drift out of place.
Bridges are designed to give patients a natural look. The colour of the bridge will vary based on the location of the teeth being replaced. How white the bridge is will also vary based on the structure and condition of your natural teeth.
A long time, in short. Dental bridges and other similar tooth appliances can last from 5 years to 15 years and sometimes even longer. If you visit Parkfield Dental for regular checkups and maintain good oral hygiene standards it’s not unusual for a bridge to last longer than 10 years.
It’s hard to give an accurate number when it comes to the cost of dental bridges as each procedure is different and each patient’s needs will differ greatly. Get in touch with us and let’s talk about how our flexible dental care plans can help you pay for this treatment.
Typically, a dental bridge is made out of porcelain so that it blends in with the rest of your natural teeth.
Quite the opposite, in fact, eating with a dental bridge will make eating easier. It may take a day or two to get used to having something new in your mouth which is why we advise maybe eating soft food cut into smaller pieces.
When natural teeth are missing, speaking clearly can be difficult. The fitting and application of a dental bridge to your anterior teeth will help you speak properly.
Generally speaking, dental bridges do not hurt. Most often, your dentist will apply some local anaesthetic to the area around your missing teeth in order to prepare you for a dental bridge. It is sometimes reported that there is a little pain or sensitivity felt in the surrounding area after the anaesthetic wears off. Not all patients experience this, but if you do the good news is that this pain can be easily dealt with by over the counter pain medication. If you are worried about the pain, or have recently had dental bridges fit and are experiencing a more severe level of pain, please get in touch with us here at Parkfield Dental right away.
Dental patients might choose dental bridges as the right solution for them for any number of reasons. Very often, patients here at Parkfield Dental use dental bridges as a cosmetic procedure – sometimes part of our smile make-over dental plan – in order to improve the look and aesthetic of their smile and mouth. The dental professionals here at Parkfield Dental have a great deal of experience performing dental bridge procedures to replace missing teeth and to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile. Other people might choose to have a dental bridge fitted in order to gain the advantages of chewing and speaking as you normally would with entirely natural teeth. A dental bridge can ensure that your bite is even.
If you have recently had a dental bridge fitted, or are considering having the procedure, then you may be wondering if there is anything that you can do to help ensure that your dental bridge stays in excellent condition for as long as possible. The good news is that this is easy – all you need to do is to maintain excellent daily dental care and oral hygiene. This is something that we recommend for all of our patients here at Parkfield Dental, and is the best way of keeping your teeth, mouth and smile happy and healthy.
Daily dental care including both brushing and flossing, alongside the use of mouthwash, can be an excellent way to keep your dental bridge healthy and in excellent condition. We also recommend visiting us here at Parkfield Dental on a regular basis for cleanings and check ups – most patients are recommended to come in and see us every six months or so. This allows your dental professional to keep an eye on your dental bridge!
Essentially, yes. Even permanent dental bridges can be replaced if need be. If you dental bridge has suffered from chipping and breakage, or has even been removed during an accident, then you should get in touch with the team here at Parkfield Dental to see about having it replaced.
Dental bridges are a great choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth, a missing tooth or restoring your smile. They can improve the appearance of your face and smile why also supporting your face shape and allowing you to speak and eat more easily. It can also help to prevent your remaining teeth and natural teeth from moving out of position.
For patients who have had dental bridges fitted by a dentist here at Parkfield Dental, we generally advise avoiding chewing certain foods. While a dental bridge is there as a real tooth replacement and is generally durable and hard wearing enough that you can enjoy the same food you would with natural teeth, foods like raw vegetables, ice and hard sweets should be avoided chewing on. Essentially, chewing hard foods than might damage your natural teeth can also potentially damage your dental bridge as well.
Dental bridges are an excellent choice for anyone hoping to replace missing teeth or a missing tooth. Here at Parkfield Dental, we are experts in implantology. Dental implants are essentially considered the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to replacing teeth that have been damaged or broken, or by filling the gaps caused by missing teeth. As such, one excellent alternative to dental bridges is dental implants – if you are interested, just get in touch with the team here at Parkfield Dental. Dentures are another excellent alternative for those who do not want to undergo dental procedures such as those for dental implants or dental bridges.
Dental bridges should last for decades without ever needing attention or repairs. However, from time to time, they can become loose or damaged. This can leave gaps under the bridge, where decay can set in and damage the surrounding teeth. This can commonly be caused by changes to your teeth alignment, as this will affect how a dental bridge fits in your mouth. Insufficient oral care can also cause dental bridges to fail.
Chips or cracks in your dental bridge are rare, but if you do notice them or experience discomfort when chewing or brushing, you should contact the team here at Parkfield Dental and we will look into it for you.
A dental bridge by itself will not produce a bad odour – it is bacteria that smells bad, not the equipment. If your dental bridge does not fit properly, food can get caught in the crevices and begin to rot or smell. Our dentists at Parkfield Dental will ensure your dental bridge fits properly and comfortably within your mouth, lowering the chance of this happening considerably.
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Typically, dental bridges last for decades without ever needing to be removed or repaired. In the rare occasion where you do experience a breakage or another failing, it may be necessary to remove and repair your bridge. Whether or not it can be put back into place once repaired will depend on the integrity of the bridge and the gravitas of the problem. If the porcelain coating is fractured or chipped it may be possible to repair and replace, but only if the bridge is otherwise in good condition. Loose bridges are often repaired and reapplied without trouble.
Sometimes it can be difficult to remove a bridge without causing damage to it or the support of surrounding teeth, due to the fact the cement is designed to keep your bridge in place for years. In each case we will assess the bridge failure, the strength of the current bond, the integrity of the supporting teeth – and then use this information to see if we can achieve the desired result. Often, a replacement bridge is a much easier and much more effective approach.
The short answer is no, dental bridges cannot be whitened the same way your natural teeth can. Porcelain and acrylic are both non-porous materials, unlike your natural enamel that is made of microscopic crystals, which make it porous. The active ingredient in a tooth whitening product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They are able to penetrate the porous enamel surface and break apart the staining agents within the tooth. They cannot do the same with a porcelain tooth, but the good news is they are less prone to staining for the exact same reason.
If desired, we highly recommend that you whiten your teeth before your dental bridge is created or put into your mouth. We can then ensure it matches the colour of your whitened teeth. If you already have a dental bridge but have the desire to whiten your teeth, we recommend replacing the bridge. Doing so will ensure the two crowns and the abutment tooth are made to match the shade of your whitened teeth.
Dental bridges may loosen over time but they most certainly will not fall out, even after a lengthy period of time they will remain fixed in place. If your bridge does come slightly loose, our dentists here at Parkfield Dental can tighten or adjust them with ease. The materials we use will guarantee a secure and stable dental bridge, which will allow you to chew and eat all the foods you want without worry of it falling out.
If you do not use or stimulate your bones often enough, similar to your muscles, they will begin to waste away. You unknowingly stimulate the bones in your jaw structure every time you take a bite of something or chew. The force of your bite travels down the root of your teeth into the bone structure below.
If you are to lose a tooth, the bone underneath where it used to sit will start to weaken and reduce in density. This can be even more pronounced if you are missing more than one tooth, or several teeth in one specific area of your mouth. Dental bridges can help prevent bone loss and keep your remaining teeth from moving into the gap – which can cause a shortened appearance in the face that can make someone look much older than they are.
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