If you have missing teeth, your dentist may occasionally suggest a dental bridge. Bridges are not created as often, these days, but they are still sometimes a preferred solution, if for example, dental implants are not an option.
A dental bridge is secured in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. Usually, these teeth are secured by a dental crown, and so the procedure is often recommended when the dentist feels that the adjacent teeth would benefit from the protective coverage a crown provides.
If the adjacent teeth in question are completely healthy, however, a dental bridge is a less desirable option as it would be necessary to grind down the enamel of perfectly healthy teeth to place a new dental crown (to work as an abutment). Once your enamel has been ground down, it doesn’t grow back. Therefore, you will always need to have some type of protective crown placed on top of this tooth.
At Aria Dental, all bridges are created in-house. We first create an impression of your mouth, then carefully craft a bridge to match the colour, size and shape of your teeth perfectly. Once anchored on your two adjacent teeth, the bridge should blend in and look exactly as the same as your existing teeth.
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There are two types of tooth-supported bridges
1. Resin-retained bridge
A resin-retained bridge would be created:
- When there’s not enough space for an implant
- On a young patient
- When the adjacent teeth are in good health. This can be used as a long term temporary or provisional bridge
Resin-retained bridge have an unpredictable longevity and so are seen as a long-term provisional restoration when the highest level of aesthetics is necessary – such as replacing a single anterior (front) tooth when the patient is still going through their developmental years.
2. Fixed three-unit bridge
A fixed three-unit bridge would be created:
- When the adjacent teeth would benefit from full crown coverage
- If a dental implant is not suitable to replace the missing tooth, e.g. there is not enough space
Why choose Aria Dental?
Open six days a week – for your convenience
A specialist & general dental clinic – with leading dentists & registered specialists
In-house lab – improves service, saves time
Dental Finance available – Perth-based
Reduced waiting time – new patients seen within a week
In-house sedation – excellent options
Registered with all health funds – save money
Specialises in difficult cases – using advanced, evidence-based treatments
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Contact our dental clinic for an assessment to find out if bridgework is suitable for you. Our cosmetic dentistry services are offered to patients from anywhere in Western Australia. Located in the Perth CBD, we’re easily accessible for patients in West Leederville, West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, Northbridge, Highgate, North Perth, Subiaco, Shenton Park, Nedlands, Burswood and surrounding suburbs.