Bridges: Restoring Your Smile and Confidence
～Bridge the gap between your joy and your smile with dental bridges from Supercare～
Gaps between teeth are the cause of insecurities in many people. Dental bridges help you close that gap and boost the confidence in your smile. Bridges are also a trusted solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring not only your smile’s aesthetics but also its functionality.
Understanding the importance of a complete and functional smile, our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing comprehensive bridge treatments that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, offering both cosmetic and practical benefits.
Dental bridges are custom-made prosthetic devices that bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A typical dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, held in place by dental crowns attached to the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
Bridges play a crucial role in maintaining oral health by preventing neighbouring teeth from shifting into the empty space, which could lead to misalignment and bite issues. They also help distribute chewing forces evenly, making eating and speaking more comfortable.
Getting dental bridges can improve the appearance of your smile and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting to enhance your ability to chew and speak properly.
Benefits of dental bridges
Dental bridges offer a range of advantages that extend beyond simply filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. Here are the comprehensive benefits of dental bridges:
- Maintain facial shape
- Evenly distribute bite forces
- Improve speech clarity
- Prevent adjacent teeth from drifting
- Make your smile flawless
- Enhance overall oral health and confidence
- Quick and effective treatment procedure
Types of dental bridges: Tailored solutions for your smile
Dental bridges come in various types, each designed to address specific dental needs and situations. At Supercare Dental, you can find a range of dental bridge options to determine the solution that best suits your circumstances:
This common type of bridge involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the gap and placing an artificial tooth (pontic) in between. Traditional bridges are used when there are natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
These bridges are used when there’s only one adjacent tooth next to the gap. The pontic is anchored to the adjacent tooth, offering support on one side.
Also known as resin-bonded bridges, these consist of a porcelain or metal framework with wings on either side that are bonded to the adjacent teeth. They’re often used to replace missing front teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are anchored to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This type is ideal when multiple adjacent teeth are missing, providing stability and function similar to natural teeth.
Remember that each type of bridge has its own unique advantages and is recommended based on factors such as the location of missing teeth and the health of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridge treatment procedure
We prioritise your comfort and satisfaction throughout the dental bridge treatment procedure. Supercare’s dental bridge treatment procedure typically involves multiple steps:
Step 1: Consultation- Your journey begins with a comprehensive consultation with our experienced dental team. Remember, your first consultation at a Supercare clinic is on us!
Step 2: Preparation of abutment teeth- If you’re getting a traditional bridge, the adjacent teeth (abutment teeth) will be prepared by reshaping them to accommodate dental crowns. Impressions of your teeth are then taken to create precise moulds for the bridge and crowns.
Step 3: Temporary bridge placement- While your custom bridge is being fabricated, we will place a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth and maintain your smile’s appearance.
Step 4: Bridge fabrication- Using the impressions as a guide, our skilled technicians will craft your custom bridge in our state-of-the-art dental laboratory.
Step 5: Final bridge placement- Once your custom bridge is ready, we will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one.
Step 6: Bonding the bridge- After achieving the perfect fit, we will use dental cement to securely bond the bridge in place.
Step 7: Bite and aesthetic checks- We will perform meticulous checks to ensure that your bite is balanced and your new bridge aligns seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Step 8: Post-treatment care- Finally, our team will provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
Step 9: Follow-up appointment- Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing and ensure your bridge is functioning optimally.
Your dental bridge appointment at a Supercare clinic is characterised by personalised care and attention to detail. Our team ensures that you are comfortable throughout the process. From discussing treatment options and answering your questions to designing a bridge that matches your natural teeth, we prioritise your satisfaction and well-being.
We take pride in offering high-quality dental bridge treatments that restore function, beauty, and confidence to your smile. Our skilled professionals are committed to delivering exceptional results, ensuring your oral and overall health. We provide the following authorised relaxation methods to ensure that your treatment experience is as comfortable as possible:
- Noise abatement headphones
- Warm and comforting atmosphere
- Animals or plush toys available as distractions during procedure
- Ceiling screens with streaming services
Don’t let a tooth gap stop you from smiling your best smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward achieving a complete and radiant smile with our advanced dental bridge solutions.
Benefits of getting Bridges
To clean a dental bridge effectively, brush your bridge and natural teeth gently twice daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Employ floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean beneath the bridge and around supporting teeth. Use antimicrobial mouthwash to minimise plaque and bacteria. Consistent cleaning prevents plaque buildup, maintaining your bridge’s health and preserving the integrity of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges are suitable for replacing missing teeth but rely on adjacent teeth for support, potentially impacting those teeth. Dental implants, while a longer process, offer a standalone replacement that doesn’t affect nearby teeth. Implants provide stability and can promote jaw health. Consider factors like oral health, bone density, and personal preferences when deciding between the two options.
The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on several factors, including the type of bridge, the materials used, the complexity of placement, and the location of the dental clinic. In general, dental bridges can cost anywhere from AUD $1,800 to $5,000 per tooth.
You might need a dental bridge if you have one or more missing teeth. Bridges are used to fill gaps created by missing teeth, restoring your smile’s appearance and functionality. They also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and help distribute bite forces evenly. Dental bridges are a suitable option when the surrounding teeth can provide support for the bridge.
Pain or discomfort around a dental bridge can have various causes, such as:
- Fit issues: If the bridge doesn’t fit properly, it can cause irritation or soreness.
- Bite problems: An improper bite alignment might lead to discomfort.
- Gum issues: Gum inflammation or infection can cause pain around the bridge.
- Adjacent teeth: If the supporting teeth experience issues, it can affect the bridge.
- Infection: An infection around the bridge or underneath it can lead to pain.
- Grinding or clenching: Habits like teeth grinding or clenching can impact the bridge’s stability.
If the pain persists or worsens, consult your dentist for an evaluation to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.
Dental bridges can closely mimic the appearance and functionality of real teeth. Our experts design them to blend with your natural teeth, restoring your smile’s aesthetics. While they may not have the exact sensation of real teeth, they offer stability for chewing and speaking. The bridge’s comfort and natural feel depend on its fit, quality, and how well you adapt to it.
The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary based on factors like the bridge material, oral hygiene, chewing habits, and overall care. On average, dental bridges can last around 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper maintenance.
Recovery after a dental bridge procedure is generally minimal. You might experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity around the treated area for a few days. Any discomfort usually subsides within a week. You might be advised to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods for a brief period to allow the bridge to fully settle.
Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. The number of teeth that can be on a bridge depends on the specific case and the available support from adjacent teeth. Traditional bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) anchored by adjacent natural teeth. In cases with more missing teeth, longer bridges or different configurations might be used.
The dental bridge procedure itself is usually not painful, as local anaesthesia is administered to numb the area. You might feel some pressure or mild discomfort during the procedure, but it’s generally well-tolerated. After the procedure, you might experience some sensitivity or discomfort around the treated area, which is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.