Dental Bridge: Benefits, Risks and More

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an artificial replacement for a tooth or teeth. It consists of one or more crowns, which cover the span between the two abutments. The crowns are attached to false teeth that fit into grooves carved between the teeth at either side of the space where the missing tooth should be. 

Dental bridges Sydney can replace one missing tooth (single-tooth bridge), two teeth adjacent to each other, or several teeth in a row (spanning). Bridges are made of metal and porcelain fused to casting metal frameworks. The framework fits over the abutment teeth and under the false tooth crowns. A dental bridge replaces the function and appearance of the missing tooth. 

Dental bridges have many benefits: 

– They restore the natural appearance of your teeth. 

– They help keep your teeth in alignment, preventing them from drifting out of position. 

– They prevent the formation of deep pockets around the missing tooth, leading to gum disease. 

– They are a long-lasting solution, typically lasting between 10 and 15 years. 

Who is a candidate for dental bridges? 

Any person missing one or more teeth can go for dental bridges. However, factors such as the amount of healthy tooth structure remaining and the patient’s overall health will be considered. 

What are the risks associated with dental bridges? 

As with any dental procedure, some risks are associated with dental bridges. These include the following: 

– Allergic reaction to the metal framework. 

– Tooth decay around the false tooth 

– Fracture of abutment teeth over time. This can sometimes occur when biting forces are misdirected or excess pressure is applied to the bridge, but it is preventable with good oral hygiene and home care habits.  

Who is the best dentist to provide dental bridges?

The best choice is a general or cosmetic dentist with advanced training and experience in placing and restoring dental bridges. 

It is essential to find a qualified, board-certified cosmetic dentist for this procedure. Unfortunately, not all dentists are certified cosmetic specialists; only an individual specialising in the cosmetic treatment of teeth can be considered a cosmetic dentist.  

Do dental bridges hurt?

Today’s advancements in dental restorative materials have made it possible for patients to undergo this procedure with minimal discomfort. For many patients, no anaesthesia is required when placing a dental bridge. However, some patients may require a dental block to relieve pain related to the procedure. 

Typically, the only postoperative discomfort is a minor temporary numbness in the mouth and a localised area of sensitivity to temperature or pressure where the false tooth is attached. Posterior bridges are typically less sensitive than anterior teeth because they contain no nerves under the gum tissue. 

How long does it take to get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge can typically be placed in two appointments, with a temporary bridge worn in between. The final bridge is usually fabricated in a dental laboratory and takes about two weeks to make. However, the time required for each appointment varies depending on the patients’ needs. 

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About the Author: Wayne Probert

Wayne Probert is a senior reporter at Zobuz, covering state and national politics, and he is a grantee with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before joining Zobuz, he worked as a freelance journalist in Kentucky, having been published by dozens of outlets including NPR, the Center for Media.