What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are prosthetic appliances that are made from three or more porcelain crowns that are fused together.
Just as the name suggests, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap left by a lost tooth.
The existing adjacent teeth or implants act as the anchors for the replacement tooth. These adjacent teeth are ‘capped’ with dental crowns in order to secure the replacement tooth in place.
This design is an efficient and cost-effective approach to replace a missing tooth.
What are dental bridges made from?
Dental bridges are generally made from straight porcelain or ceramic materials, or from porcelain fused to metal.
What types of dental bridges are available?
There are several types of bridges available, for different cases.
- A conventional fixed bridge (the bridge is secured by the two adjacent teeth)
- A cantilever bridge (the fake tooth is supported by just one anchor tooth)
We will assess each patient thoroughly to determine the best bridge option.
Are dental bridges permanent?
Just like a crown, a bridge is not a permanent fixture, but can last a long time if properly cared for.
A dental bridge is not able to be removed by anyone other than a dental professional and generally won’t need to be removed until it needs to be replaced.
Your dental bridge is custom fitted to your mouth, meaning that it should be comfortable and improve function without much need for adjustment.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can have both aesthetic and functional benefit, including:
- Improved chewing ability
- Improved speech
- Preventing existing teeth from shifting
- Helps to distribute biting force
- Improves the appearance of your smile
Looking after your dental bridge
Taking care of your bridge is just like taking care of your natural smile.
Practising good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing your mouth, while also visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up is crucial for maintaining excellent oral health.
Make sure to be using a soft-bristled toothbrush at home, as this is not harsh and won’t cause any accidental damage to your teeth or gums. Also, try to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods using your bridge and be sure to remove any food debris that may be caught in your bridge or natural teeth.
How much do our dental bridges cost?
- At City Smiles, we provide very affordable solutions to every patient without sacrificing any quality. We use the very best technology and all our appliances are custom-made in a Melbourne laboratory.
Our dental bridges cost $1350 per unit.