All of your teeth play an important role visually and in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur with age, but if you do lose teeth they can be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
A Dental Bridge is a fixed device (meaning it is permanently attached). It is used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) and it attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth.
Dental bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable partial dentures may also be used in the same circumstances, however as the name implies, they can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed Dental Bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
The reasons for replacing lost teeth include appearance and maintaining dental health.
Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can also cause speech disorders as teeth are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
The types of materials used in the bridge may vary according to the individual case and specifications. They include gold alloys, non-precious alloys, zirconia, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal or zirconia to make them look like natural teeth.
The procedure usually involves three different stages.
In the first step, Dr Strauch will evaluate the bone and tooth condition, making sure that the tooth is a good candidate for a bridge or crown.
The second step will be a longer process, where Dr Strauch will prepare the adjacent teeth (in the case of a bridge) or the single tooth (in case of a crown). The bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, so impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
You will leave the Clinic with a temporary Bridge (or crown) in position, and you will be able to eat normally later in the day. The temporary bridge covers the site until the third stage & provides you with new teeth while you are waiting for the final result a few days later.
The third and last stage will be inserting your new bridge/crown. We will check that your bridge fits perfectly, looks great and works well. When he is happy with the result, and after you have confirmed that you are also happy with the result, then Dr Strauch will glue it into position with a special bonding material.
Your bridge is designed to provide you with many years of trouble free service. As your bridge is attached to your surrounding teeth, a regimen of brushing and flossing keeps the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is important as the bridge relies on the neighbouring teeth for support. Dr Strauch will always show you what to use and how it is done before you leave.
Call ☎ (03) 9557 3144 to make an appointment with Dr Strauch