Dental Bridges Sydney
Do you have a missing tooth? At North Sydney Dental Practice we offer dental bridges to restore strength, cosmetics and function for missing teeth.
When a tooth is missing, one of the options that we have to replace the missing tooth is a dental bridge. The other options for missing teeth are dental implants or a removable denture, however, these alternatives may not be suitable for everyone.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is made of one or more false teeth that are joined to two crowns on the natural teeth on either end of the gap - creating a ‘bridge’. (pic)
A typical bridge is made of up 3 units; the two crowns on either end of the gap and the artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth in the middle, all joined together in a way that would prevent you from flossing. Don’t worry though, some extra tips will be given to you about bridge care, which may include use of SuperFloss, special tiny brushes or a WaterPick.
A bridge is a particularly good option when the two teeth on either side of the gap are suitable for crowns. For example, if they have big fillings or are worn down. This way, it is a cost effective solution that allows solves issues for 3 teeth; “three birds with one stone”.
As with crowns, the materials used for bridges are also made from zirconia or porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, with the result being a long term and natural looking solution to missing teeth.
How long does it take to get a Bridge fitted?
Just like a laboratory made crown, a typical dental bridge requires two appointments. During your first appointment the two teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns and detailed impressions are taken so the bridge can be precisely manufactured by one of our top dental technicians.
At North Sydney Dental Practice, we are committed to using Australian laboratories that produce material of the highest quality. This is ensures that you get the best results possible for long term function. At your second appointment, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and the bridge is permanently bonded to your tooth. You can immediately enjoy the confidence, comfort and function of having your missing tooth replaced.
How should I care for my Bridge?
As mentioned above, you can’t floss between the crowns of a bridge because they are all joined together. However, it is still crucial to clean underneath the middle tooth of a bridge. At north sydney dental practice, we want your bridge to last for as many years as possible, so we take the time to provide excellent and effective preventative oral hygiene tips for bridge care. This includes the use of:
- super floss - a special floss with a rigid end like fishing wire that allows you to thread the floss under your bridge for cleaning
- Interproximal brushes - fine small brushes that look like the tufts of miniature pipe cleaners with a handle that can easilly slide underneath the bridge for cleaning
- Water pik - a device that concentrates a jet of air and water pressure to remove plaque and food articles from underneath your dental bridge
A dental bridge can lose its strength if the teeth and bones surrounding it become damaged due to dental decay and disease. Extra care should be taken with the bridges as it can lose its strength if the teeth and bone surrounding it become damaged due to dental decay or periodontal (gum and bone) disease.
To ensure your dental bridge last as long as possible, it is best to practice good oral hygiene including regular oral health check-ups from your dentist and dental hygienist.
If you are suffering from tooth loss or damage contact our friendly team in North Sydney to arrange a consultation for dental crowns, bridges or dental implants.