Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Dental bridges are in essence permanent false teeth, also known as a pontic, anchored to natural teeth and resembling them, to replace missing teeth.
A – When someone has broken a tooth/teeth or have decayed teeth that need extraction, dental bridges are a substitute tooth solution to replace missing or damaged teeth.
Although a gap can be left between teeth, it is not advisable because plaque can build up from trapped food that results in tartar, tooth decay and gum disease.
Missing teeth that are not replaced with a treatment, such as dental bridges, can also cause a change in the bite of the mouth and tooth structure that affects the shape of the face and angle of the smile. Facial expressions are how others “read” us, and negative facial expressions from a crooked smile can cause negative first impressions. How others initially perceive us is greatly important to our own confidence and our opportunities in life.
A – The function of a dental bridge is to firstly replace missing teeth as an artificial substitute. More vitally, dental bridges anchor your natural teeth in structure, to reinforce your natural bite and help with chewing food.
The reinforcement that dental bridges provide preserves your normal face structure and protects from jaw deformity that can alter your appearance, your confidence and how you are perceived by others.
A – The type of dental bridge depends on the condition of your teeth, the size of the gap and structure of your teeth. The kinds of partial dental bridges are fixed bridges, resin bonded or maryland bridges, and cantilever bridges.
Fixed bridges can be fitted anywhere in the mouth as replacement teeth, and are designed to be anchored onto neighboring teeth that have porcelain crowns fitted, filling the gaps where replacement teeth are needed to support overall tooth structure and jaw line.
Resin bonded bridges are designed with a durable plastic, to resemble normal teeth and are attached to neighboring teeth with safe-to-use invisible metal bands. These bridges are most suitable in the front of the mouth where the bite is less pressured. Similarly, cantilever bridges can be used for the same purpose, but only anchor to a natural tooth on one side.
These types of dental bridges are permanent replacement teeth to give you a full bite and supported tooth structure that, along with good oral hygiene practice, gives you a sense of mental and physical wellbeing.
A – Our resident dentist will see you for an initial examination before diagnosing your dental condition, and discussing procedures with you. A dental technician will aid in the fabrication of the dental bridge before our resident dentist fits your new teeth.
A – Dental bridges are made by our laboratory technician who is provided with specifications from our resident dentist that sees you and examines your teeth for restorative treatment. During the examination, you can have a sedative to help you relax. Our resident dentist will take a mould of your mouth using modern and accurate technology.
The model of your tooth and teeth structure is used to design your new bridge. Your teeth will be prepared and a temporary bridge may be fitted to check bite and your comfort with your new teeth. Then an appointment is made for the final fitting of your fixed or permanent dental bridge that will resemble your natural teeth. If you have any concerns, you can discuss these with our sympathetic resident dentist who will answer all your questions.
A - During the procedure, you can opt for a sedative to relax you. If a local anaesthetic is needed for pain-free dental treatment prior to the fitting, our resident dentist will discuss this with you before administering. The process is painless and there is minimal discomfort afterwards as our dentist ensures that you feel the bite and fit is right for you. It takes the brain a while to adjust to the new teeth but in a few days you will not notice the difference between your natural and new teeth, and you will feel much more confident when you smile.
A – Care of dental bridges is much the same as with your natural teeth. Recommended guidelines include using the right brushing technique with fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with mouthwash, flossing weekly and keeping up-to-date with regular dental checks. Protecting yourself during high contact sports, such as wearing a mouth guard, and by discussing your general health and use of medication with our resident dentist can help you prevent tooth loss that requires treatments like dental bridges.
A - As long as your teeth are in good health, and other health conditions are not impacting your teeth, your dental bridges should last between ten and fifteen years.
A – The cost of dental bridges depends on your oral health condition, whether one or more teeth are being replaced, and overall dental treatments. Our resident dentist will examine your teeth, take X-rays or a scan as necessary and will discuss your diagnosis, treatments, costs and payment plans with you.
A – Dental bridges are designed to look just like your natural teeth. Once you have dental bridges fitted and your teeth treated, you will have natural white looking teeth when you smile. You benefit from improved oral health that contributes to your total physical and mental health. Dental bridges give patients confidence because they have a full set of white glowing natural-looking teeth that brightens their smile, so pleasing to others.
A – Dental implants and crowns are alternatives to dental bridges that our resident dentist will also discuss with you. Replacing missing teeth is important for your overall health rather than leaving a gap as this can later cause tooth decay, gum disease and loss of confidence.