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Dental Bridges in Melbourne CBD

illustration of a dental bridgeMissing teeth make chewing more difficult and can detract from one’s appearance. As a time-tested way to replace one or more missing teeth, a bridge is an excellent option. This restoration is fixed in place by being attached to the adjacent natural teeth, which act as support. It can be an alternative to a dental implant, or in some cases a partial denture.

A dental bridge is a non-surgical and conservative way to replace one or more missing teeth. Because a bridge is tooth-coloured it looks like your natural teeth.

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Should I Get a Bridge or Implants?

Although bridges can effectively replace missing teeth, the downside is that adjacent teeth to the missing tooth often need to be prepared. Some of the tooth may need to be reduced to support the bridge structure. The other disadvantage is that if anything happens to the teeth on either side, such as decay, the bridge will need to be replaced.

In comparison, an implant doesn’t require the preparation of the neighbouring teeth, as it’s an independent tooth replacement. Your dentist will discuss if this is a better option for you.

Some patients prefer bridges to replace their missing teeth. If the teeth on either side of the gap require protection eg if they have large fillings, a bridge can be used to place crowns over the teeth next to the missing teeth, as well as simultaneously replacing the tooth.

What to Expect

We will first do a thorough assessment and discuss all the suitable options to replace your missing teeth. Before placing a bridge, we will take X-rays to assess the teeth on either side to determine how healthy and strong they are to support another tooth or teeth.

Getting a bridge usually takes two visits.

Why Choose Collins Street Dental for your dental bridges?

Our dentists have considerable experience in a wide range of dental services, including bridges. Precision and meticulousness are essential to ensure the greatest longevity of a bridge. They will use their knowledge and experience to recommend the best replacement for your missing teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bridge made of?

The bridge is usually made of porcelain, sometimes with a metal substructure.

How do I clean the bridge?

Our dental hygienist will take the time to show you the right way to clean under and around your bridge to ensure you’re removing plaque thoroughly and the teeth under the bridge remain healthy. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, we recommend you come in for regular dental hygienist visits to maintain the life of your bridge.

Can I eat and drink what I want?

Once a bridge is fixed in place, you can eat and drink as normal, with the exception of sticky sweets and chewing bones.

How long does a bridge last?

It’s a long-lasting restoration, providing the teeth supporting it remain healthy. An average bridge lasts 10 to 12 years, but we know that bridges done properly last much longer.

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