Bridge Work

A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that are linked together to replace missing teeth in a smile. A dental bridge is fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials.

Dental Bridge Vs Implant

  • Health and bone structure – One of the first things to consider when comparing a dental bridge vs. implant, is the health of the patient and architecture of the bone or tissue surrounding the missing tooth. Not all patients are candidates for dental implants and in these cases, a dental bridge may be the best option.
  • Cost – While dental bridge cost may be less than dental implant cost, dental implants provide a better long term solution, less likely to need repair or maintenance in the future.
  • Long term benefits– Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth. The dental implant is anchored to the bone, allowing the patient to eat whatever they want, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech.While the dental bridge itself is extremely durable, the concern is to the health of neighbouring teeth. If one of anchor teeth fails or needs dental work, it compromises the entire dental bridge.
  • Procedure and recovery – Many patients are anxious about dental implant surgery, thinking it to be painful and highly involved. While significant planning by the dentist will happen before dental implant surgery, the procedure itself is not much more involved than the process of having a tooth pulled. The dentist will use an anaesthetic to minimise pain.

Process for treatment with dental bridges:

  • Consultation & Pre-Treatment Planning – We take a comprehensive approach to all dental restorations, including dental bridges. We will examine your teeth, gums and mouth to diagnose your condition. 
  • Tooth Preparation – We will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support the dental crowns that will anchor the dental bridge. A solid foundation is important for the success of the dental bridge and health of all teeth involved. We will take impressions of the teeth and select a material and colour for the dental bridge to match the natural teeth.
  • Provisional Dental Bridge – In many cases, We will create a temporary dental bridge to restore aesthetics and function while the permanent dental bridge is being made in a dental laboratory.
  • Final Fit & Cementation – Once the permanent dental bridge arrives from the lab, the restoration will be tried on for fit, shape and colour. Any minor adjustments are made before the dental dental bridge is permanently bonded to the anchor teeth.
  • After Care – Dental bridges do require some special care. We will review at home care techniques including flossing beneath the bridge to keep the gum line free of debris. Routine visits to the dentist for dental cleanings and examinations will help to identify any issues that might arise after the dental bridge procedure.