How does a dental bridge work?

Dental bridges are used to literally ‘bridge’ a gap left by missing teeth

Each individual tooth plays a vital role in forming the structure of the mouth. If there’s a weak link anywhere in this internal structure, it disturbs the interplay between teeth and bone.

Empty gaps in your smile shouldn’t be left for long, or a chain reaction can occur, often over a relatively short amount of time. Your surrounding teeth will start to shift into the spaces and as these teeth become loose, there’s a risk of loss of jawbone, which can create a sunken facial appearance.

Frankly, missing teeth are bad news and it pays to act fast and fill the gap.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a ceramic structure that spans the gap in your jaw where you are missing your natural teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area.

When Dr Anand places a bridge, the adjacent teeth next to the gap are prepared for the crowns to sit over. These teeth will anchor the bridge in place and provide the much-needed support for the bridge.

Why would I need a dental bridge?

The main reason Dr Anand will recommend a dental bridge is if you have one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are a great way to re-establish the aesthetics of your smile. They substitute the missing tooth with one that can look as natural as your other, remaining teeth.

Other than the aesthetic benefits, a dental bridge can also improve lost or impaired speech and can help patients to bite and chew normally again. By filling the gaps in your smile, bridges can maintain the proper form of your jaw and keep your face symmetrical.

Is a dental bridge permanent?

Dental bridges are cemented into place with specialised dental grade cement for a stronghold. Unlike other dental prosthetics (like dentures that can be taken out and cleaned), only a qualified and experienced dentist can remove a dental bridge.

In many cases, bridges are able to last upwards of 15 years and can last even longer if dental hygiene and maintenance is implemented. It’s imperative to keep your remaining teeth strong and healthy as your dental bridge relies on the foundation offered by the surrounding teeth.

Brushing and flossing twice daily can help to stop tooth decay and gum disease, which often leads to tooth loss. Dr Anand and his team can show you the correct way to clean and care for your dental bridge. Attending regular, six-monthly check-ups can also prolong the life of your dental bridge. In these check-ups, the team can diagnose any potential dental issues early, before they have a chance to progress.

Dental bridges from Extreme Dentistry Darwin

Receiving a dental bridge can improve both the aesthetics and structure of your smile and seal gaps left by missing teeth.

If you have missing teeth or want to learn more about how dental bridges can help your smile, contact the team at Extreme Dentistry today.