What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance used to replace missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges not only restore aesthetics but also improve functionality, helping maintain proper bite and preventing shifting of surrounding teeth. They offer a reliable solution for individuals with gaps in their smile, enhancing oral health and overall well-being.
Who Can Benefits from Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are beneficial for individuals who have one or more missing teeth and are seeking a reliable solution for restoration. Those who can benefit include:
- Individuals with Missing Teeth: Whether due to injury, decay, or other factors, dental bridges provide a stable replacement for missing teeth.
- Enhancing Aesthetics: Bridges improve the appearance of your smile by filling in gaps and creating a natural-looking result.
- Maintaining Bite Alignment: Bridges help prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth, ensuring proper alignment and bite functionality.
- Restoring Speech and Chewing: Missing teeth can impact speech and the ability to chew food. Dental bridges restore these functions, promoting better oral health.
- Preserving Facial Structure: By preventing the collapse of facial features often associated with missing teeth, bridges contribute to maintaining facial structure.
The Advantages of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer several advantages for individuals dealing with tooth loss, including:
- Aesthetic Improvement: Bridges restore a natural-looking smile, enhancing overall facial appearance and boosting confidence.
- Functional Restoration: By replacing missing teeth, bridges improve speech, chewing ability, and overall oral function.
- Maintaining Bite Alignment: Bridges prevent neighboring teeth from shifting, preserving proper bite alignment and reducing the risk of jaw joint issues.
- Durable and Long-lasting: Constructed from sturdy materials, dental bridges are durable and can provide long-term tooth replacement with proper care.
- Preservation of Facial Structure: Preventing the collapse of facial features often associated with missing teeth, bridges contribute to maintaining the natural contours of the face.
- Convenience: Unlike removable dentures, bridges are fixed in place, eliminating the need for removal and offering a convenient and permanent solution.
- Improved Speech: Missing teeth can affect speech; bridges restore proper articulation and pronunciation.
- Quick and Non-Invasive Procedure: The process of getting dental bridges is typically straightforward and minimally invasive, providing a swift solution for tooth replacement.
Why We Use Dental Bridges from E-MAX?
We use dental bridges from E-MAX because it is a modern all–ceramic system which is characterised by a few, coordinated, metal-free materials. This is probably the most natural-looking material used in restorative dentistry. Since it contains no metal, it’s safe to use even if you have a metal allergy or simply don’t want to have metal in your mouth. Therefore, E-Max is often our material of choice for crowns, veneers, and bridges.
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Frequently Asked Questions
At Essential Dental Care, the journey to a restored smile with dental bridges begins at an affordable £595. Our transparent pricing reflects our commitment to making quality dental care accessible.
Dental bridges are commonly made from various durable materials designed to withstand the demands of daily oral function. The most prevalent materials include porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), and metal alloys.
Porcelain bridges offer a natural tooth-like appearance, mimicking the colour and translucency of natural teeth. PFM bridges combine the aesthetic benefits of porcelain with the strength of metal for added durability. Metal alloy bridges, often made of gold or other alloys, prioritise strength and longevity.
The choice of material depends on factors such as the location of the missing tooth, aesthetic preferences, and the specific functional requirements. Our dentist will guide you in selecting the most suitable material based on your individual needs and preferences.
The duration to get a dental bridge varies based on individual cases and the specific type of bridge chosen. Typically, the process involves two or more appointments. During the initial visit, the dentist assesses the oral condition, takes impressions, and prepares the abutment teeth. Temporary bridges may be placed during this phase. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the custom bridge is fabricated. The second appointment involves fitting and adjusting the final bridge. The entire process commonly takes a few weeks, allowing for precise fabrication and customisation. Factors such as the type of bridge, the need for additional treatments, and the individual’s healing time can influence the overall timeline. Our dentist will provide a personalised schedule based on your unique situation during the consultation.
No, getting a dental bridge is generally not a painful procedure. The process is performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring that you experience minimal discomfort during the treatment.
While you may feel some pressure or sensations, any potential pain is effectively managed by the anaesthesia.
After the procedure, it is normal to experience mild soreness or sensitivity for a few days, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers. It’s essential to follow our dentist’s postoperative care instructions to promote a smooth recovery.
On average, dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper care. The longevity of dental bridges depends on various factors, including the patient’s oral hygiene practices, overall health, and the specific materials used in the bridge. Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental check-ups can significantly extend the lifespan of the bridge. Additionally, avoiding habits like biting on hard objects and seeking prompt dental care for any issues can contribute to the durability of the dental bridge. Our dentist will provide personalised guidance on care and maintenance to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge.
Absolutely! One of the key benefits of a dental bridge is its ability to restore normal eating habits. Once the bridge is securely in place, you can comfortably enjoy a wide range of foods without any significant restrictions. It is advisable to start with softer foods initially and gradually reintroduce harder textures as you become accustomed to the bridge. Proper oral hygiene practices and regular check-ups will ensure the longevity and functionality of your dental bridge, allowing you to enjoy your favourite meals with confidence and ease.
No, dental bridges are designed to be discreet and natural-looking. Modern advancements in dental materials and technology allow for bridges to closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. The artificial teeth (pontics) are custom-made to match the colour, shape, and size of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless integration with your smile. Once in place, dental bridges are virtually indistinguishable from surrounding teeth, allowing you to enjoy a restored smile with confidence.
To care for your dental bridge and ensure its longevity, maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean all surfaces of the bridge, including the abutment teeth. Flossing is crucial to remove plaque and debris between the artificial teeth and underneath the bridge. Consider using a floss threader or interdental brush for effective cleaning. Regular dental check-ups are essential for professional cleaning and monitoring the condition of your bridge. Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that may compromise the integrity of the bridge. If you experience any discomfort, sensitivity, or notice any issues with your dental bridge, promptly consult our dentist for evaluation and necessary adjustments. Following these care guidelines will help ensure the continued success of your dental bridge in maintaining a healthy and functional smile.
Yes, dental bridges can be replaced if needed. While dental bridges are designed to be durable and long-lasting, various factors such as wear and tear, changes in oral health, or the need for an upgrade may necessitate replacement. The process typically involves removing the existing bridge and crafting a new one to ensure a proper fit and optimal function.
While dental bridges are generally safe and effective, like any dental procedure, there are potential risks and complications. Some individuals may experience sensitivity or mild discomfort, especially initially. Additionally, there is a slight risk of infection or irritation around the bridge site. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can mitigate these concerns. In rare cases, bridges may come loose or break, requiring repair or replacement. It’s essential to follow the post-procedural care instructions provided by our dentist and attend follow-up appointments to address any issues promptly.
Certainly! If you grind your teeth, also known as bruxism, it is still possible to get a dental bridge. However, our dentist may evaluate the severity of the grinding and may recommend addressing the bruxism before or concurrently with the bridge placement. Persistent teeth grinding can impact the longevity of dental restorations. In some cases, a night guard or other protective measures may be advised to minimise the effects of grinding and ensure the success of the dental bridge. It’s crucial to communicate any teeth grinding habits with our dentist during the consultation to develop a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan that considers both the bridge placement and management of bruxism.
No, dental bridges are generally resistant to staining. The materials commonly used in dental bridges, such as porcelain or ceramic, are known for their durability and resistance to discolouration. These materials mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are non-porous, making it difficult for stains to adhere. However, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to prevent any potential discolouration caused by plaque or tartar buildup. Additionally, avoiding highly pigmented foods and beverages and refraining from smoking can contribute to the long-lasting aesthetics of your dental bridge. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings will further ensure the longevity and stain resistance of your dental bridge.
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Why Choose Us for Dental Bridges?
Experienced Dentist (38+yrs)
Dr. Paul Au
- Dental degree from University of Edinburgh in 1984.
- Master of Science degree from University of Edinburgh in 1990.
- Registrar of College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (1994).
Expertise & Personalised Care
Our skilled team comprises experienced professionals specialising in dental bridges. Our approach is tailored to your specific dental needs, ensuring a customised dental bridge solution that complements your individual smile.
Our track record of successful dental bridge cases speaks for itself. Witness the transformative power of our treatments through before-and-after results, showcasing the remarkable improvements we bring to smiles.
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Aftercare needed after dental appointments is usually free of charge.
Wherever possible we will provide complimentary advice and consultations via email and phone if needed.
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