Bridges

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A bridge is one of the options to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent fixture which is anchored to the adjacent natural teeth to ‘bridge’ the gap where the teeth are missing. 

A bridge helps to restore function and aesthetics of your teeth, as well as prevents the adjacent natural teeth from moving and tilting.

Alternative options to replace missing teeth include implants and dentures. At Mildura Family Dental your dentist will discuss all options to replace missing teeth and tailor the treatment choice to suit your needs and expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between two or more adjacent teeth. You might need a bridge if you have missing teeth that affect your chewing, speech, and smile.

The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges involve dental crowns on the adjacent teeth, cantilever bridges involve one adjacent tooth, and Maryland bridges involve resin-bonded wings attached to the adjacent teeth.

It can take two or more appointments to get a dental bridge, depending on the type and complexity of the bridge. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums, take impressions and measurements, and design and fabricate the bridge in a dental laboratory.

Getting a dental bridge usually involves little to no pain, but your dentist may numb the area with local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. Dental bridges may results in some sensitivity post procedure.

Dental bridges can last for several years or even decades with proper care and maintenance. However, their lifespan depends on factors like the type and quality of the bridge, your oral hygiene, and your eating and drinking habits.

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups, it is important to protect your bridges from night-time teeth grinding, which can cause damage or premature wear. To help prevent this, your dentist may recommend the use of an occlusal splint, a custom-made device that fits over your teeth and provides a protective barrier during sleep.

By taking these steps and following your dentist's recommendations for care and maintenance, you can help ensure that your bridges last as long as possible and continue to function properly for years to come. It's important to protect your bridges from excessive forces, such as biting on hard objects or using your teeth as tools, as this can cause damage to the bridge or the supporting teeth.

Additionally, practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and using dental floss or interdental cleaners to clean between the teeth and under the bridge, can help prevent plaque buildup and maintain the health of your bridge.

Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring the condition of your bridge and addressing any issues early on. Your dentist will evaluate the fit and stability of the bridge, check the health of the supporting teeth and gums, and make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure the longevity of your bridge.

Remember, while dental bridges are designed to be durable and long-lasting, they are not indestructible. Taking proper care of your bridges and following your dentist's advice will help maximize their lifespan and keep your smile healthy and functional.

You can care for your dental bridge by following good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. You should also avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can damage or dislodge the bridge.

Yes, you can eat and drink normally with a dental bridge, but you should avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can damage or dislodge the bridge. You should also limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a dental bridge, but the amount and type of coverage vary depending on the insurance plan. It's best to check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.

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