What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is done by using adjacent teeth or implants (called abutments) to support an artificial replacement tooth (called pontics).

By replacing your missing teeth, dental bridges aid in restoring the overall function of your mouth. They can also restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Depending on the severity of the case and the condition of your teeth, your dentist can also choose from various types of bridges. Every restoration is tailored to your individual needs to ensure your smile is kept in tip-top shape.

Do I need a dental bridge?

Firstly, your dentist will assess your complete dental history. This will ensure that you have no signs of disease or any other oral issues that may negatively affect treatment outcomes. In restorative dentistry, dental bridges are a common treatment to replace missing teeth. We recommend discussing these options to find out what works best for you.

There are many benefits of dental bridges, these include:

  • A non-surgical alternative to implants
  • A relatively quick and painless procedure with optimal results
  • Restores the aesthetic appearance of your smile
  • Fixed in place, meaning less time removing or cleaning
  • A long-term solution with lasting results

Types of dental bridges

There are an array of dental bridges we use here at The White Bite which vary in material, design and cost.

The White Bite primarily uses bridges made from zirconia or lithium di-silicate due to their high quality performance, longevity and aesthetic appearance.

The right bridge for you will be dependent on your functional and aesthetic goals as well as the current status of your teeth.

Procedure

At The White Bite, we endeavour to make your visit as simple and efficient as possible. As a result, restorations with dental bridges are performed over two appointments.

On the first visit, we will prepare your neighbouring teeth to make them suitable as supporting teeth for your bridge.

This process is identical to the preparations done for single crowns. Once prepared, an impression is taken for the lab to create a replica of your mouth upon which your custom-made bridge is fabricated.

While the lab is crafting your bridge, your dentist will fit a temporary bridge to protect your teeth between appointments.

On the second visit, your White Bite Clinician will  assess the fit of your bridge. Once accessed, they will make any adjustments as deemed necessary before cementing the bridge in permanently. Once completed, you should have a fixed bridge that is comfortable in the bite and to the tongue. This can be easily maintained with hygiene.

Aftercare

As with any restorative dental treatment, it is crucial to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

It is important that you brush your teeth after every meal, as bridges can attract a build-up of food leftovers and plaque.

A handy tip is to take a toothbrush with you wherever you go. This way, you are keeping your mouth and bridge spotless after every snack or meal throughout the day.

Our team at The White Bite recommends using a soft bristled electric toothbrush, which is gentle on your gums and is also great for cleaning your bridge.

Most importantly, dental bridges change the way you floss. Due to the teeth being connected, you will not be able to pass floss between the teeth within the bridge. Above all, Interdental brushes (such as Pixsters) are recommended to clean the bridge and under the connections where flossing and brushing won’t reach.

Fortunately, having a dental bridge fitted is a painless procedure and offers a long-lasting solution for your smile. In most cases, you can resume eating regular foods on the same day as procedure.

Most patients have no trouble adapting to the bridge, but if you do encounter any issues, please get in touch.

Start your smile journey today

For more information, please contact the friendly team at The White Bite today. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.

Alternatively, you can book a consultation appointment with one of our dentists online 24/7.