How To Replace Missing Teeth: Dental Bridges 101

Missing teeth can greatly affect a persons self confidence. Whether you’re missing a tooth due to gum disease, injury, tooth decay or a genetic condition, it is important to know the different solutions your dentist can offer you to replace your missing teeth. Dental bridges are a popular option for teeth replacement due to their functional and aesthetic properties.  

What is a dental bridge?  

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace missing teeth if there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A bridge not only can replace one or more teeth, they also keep your other teeth from moving out of place. Once a bridge is placed, they are fixed and are an alternative to dentures. 

The reasons for getting a dental bridge include: 

  • Filling a space of missing teeth. 
  • Maintaining facial shape. 
  • Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position. 
  • Restoring chewing and speaking ability. 
  • Restoring your smile. 
  • Upgrading from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance. 

How does a dental bridge work?  

The bridge is attached to the real teeth on either side of a tooth gap. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or metal, or a mixture of the two. 

Depending on the difficulty of the situation it will take a minimum of 90 minutes in a dental chair to prepare the teeth for a bridge. To prepare for a dental bridge, your dentist will usually file down the 2 healthy teeth on either side of the gap. They will then build a mould that will be sent to the dental technician so that they can create a realistic looking tooth replacement. In the meantime, the dentist will fit you with a temporary dental bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums. When the permanent bridge is ready, you will return to the dentist’s office, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one set in place with super-strong cement. 

How much do dental bridges cost?  

The price of a dental bridge will vary depending on several factors, including the materials used, the complexity of placement. The cost of a bridge in Australia can be up to $1,200 per tooth. 

If you’re interested in or considering getting a dental bridge contact us at  0747230624 to book your appointment!