What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a crucial component of restorative dentistry, designed to address the issue of missing teeth. When teeth are lost, the surrounding teeth can gradually shift, leading to problems with the bite and overall oral health. Dental bridges serve as a reliable solution to this problem.
The bridge itself consists of three main components: dental crowns and a replacement tooth (or teeth) positioned in between. The dental crowns are placed on the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap, providing support and stability for the bridge. These crowns act as anchors, securely holding the replacement tooth (or teeth) in place.
The purpose of a dental bridge is not only to fill the gap left by missing teeth but also to restore the appearance and functionality of the smile. Once the bridge is in place, it blends seamlessly with the natural teeth, both in terms of aesthetics and function. Chewing and speaking become easier, and the bridge feels just like regular teeth.
It is worth noting that dental bridges can be made using different materials, such as porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. These materials are chosen for their durability and natural appearance, ensuring that the bridge matches the surrounding teeth perfectly.
In addition to addressing the cosmetic aspect, dental bridges also have practical benefits. By preventing the shifting of teeth, they reduce the likelihood of needing dentures in cases where the remaining teeth are healthy.
In summary, a dental bridge is a restorative dental treatment that effectively replaces missing teeth. It consists of dental crowns placed on healthy teeth, with a replacement tooth (or teeth) in between. The bridge restores both the functionality and aesthetics of the smile, preventing further oral health complications. Dental bridges can be made from durable materials like porcelain fused to metal or ceramics, ensuring a natural-looking result.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge can fill in the gap where you have missing teeth. What more can you ask for?
Well, when it comes to benefits - a lot. Dental bridges can:
- Transform your smile into one you are proud of.
- Prevent teeth from shifting due to the open space.
- And strength and stability to your bite force.
- Chew the foods you love.
- Maintain your same facial structure.
Are You a Good Candidate for Bridges?
Since a bridge is used to replace missing teeth, the ideal candidate will have missing teeth - and have an interest in filling in the gap. But, that’s not all. We will also be looking for those who:
- Show no signs of gum disease.
- Maintain good oral hygiene and have an overall good level of oral health.
- Have healthy teeth on both sides of the bridge placement to offer support
If you have periodontal disease, you may still be a candidate for a dental bridge as long as any concerns about your gums are addressed first.
Why Choose Davis Gribble Hollowwa ?
At Davis Gribble Hollowwa , we want to provide our patients with the whole package - a comfortable experience with high-quality dental treatment. Our team of dedicated professionals keep things flowing smoothly, with organized efficiency, always leading to high levels of satisfaction amongst our patients.
When it comes to dental bridges, we use our in-house lab to create a beautiful finished product that looks just like the real thing. In fact, it should blend in perfectly as we don’t want anyone to know you have a bridge unless you tell them.
Choosing Davis Gribble Hollowwa means having dental treatment you can feel good about.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many teeth can you have on a dental bridge?
Generally, a dental bridge can be used as a replacement for one to four consecutively missing teeth.
After an extraction, how long do you have to wait for a bridge?
Once a tooth is extracted, you will have to wait for the gums to heal in the area before you can proceed with the bridge. This could take several weeks.
Is it hard to eat with a dental bridge?
No, it is not hard to eat with a dental bridge. You will find it much easier to eat normally than without it.
How does a dental bridge help reduce the need for dentures?
Dental bridges can help reduce the need for dentures by replacing missing teeth and providing stability and support to the surrounding teeth. If the remaining teeth are healthy, a dental bridge can be a suitable alternative to dentures.
Can you explain the process of placing a dental bridge?
The process of placing a dental bridge involves attaching dental crowns to the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap, with a replacement tooth or teeth connected in the middle. This creates a bridge-like structure that looks and functions like regular teeth.
What is the purpose of a dental bridge?
The purpose of a dental bridge is to provide a natural-looking replacement for one or more missing teeth, filling in the gap in the smile and restoring the appearance and function of the teeth.
How does a dental bridge fill the gap in a smile?
A dental bridge fills the gap in a smile by anchoring a false tooth between two healthy teeth.
What is a dental bridge made of?
A dental bridge can be made from either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.