Fixed dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration procedure used by dentist in geelong to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or a dental implant.
Dentist use a Dental Bridge when there are teeth missing in between the teeth and the dental bridge can be attached to an existing tooth or a dental implant.
A dental bridge can be permanent dental bridge or a removable dental bridge. Permanent dental bridges are cemented with glue to the tooth and removable dental bridges are not cemented and it is easier to remove and clean. A dental bridge can be made out of good quality full ceramic material or have a metal substructure to the bridge.
Dental Bridges are commonly used when one or more teeth needs to be fixed. Dental Bridges are popular because they are fixed and cheaper in cost. Dental Bridges can be used when there is good spacing and support and other teeth are healthy.
Dental Bridges are an alternative to removable partial denture. Dental Bridges can provide a fixed option instead of a removable partial denture.
Dental Bridges have the following advantages
- Prevents the teeth from drifting
- Improves the shape, colour and angle of the teeth
- Restores the chewing and talking function
- Improves the taste
- Improves the self confidence
A dental bridge may need replacement every 5 to 15 years. The drawbacks with dental bridges are, the bridge requires tooth reduction, which is potentially destroying the original tooth.
Good oral hygiene and regular checkups with the dentist will help keep the teeth and the dental bridge in good condition. The uses of floss or interdental brushes are essential to prevent any periodontal disease or dental caries from occurring.
Once the dentist in geelong and the patient have decided on doing a dental bridge work, an x-ray will be essential to assess the health of the tooth and the surrounding areas for any infection, gum disease and bone loss. Impressions of upper and lower teeth are taken to make a temporary dental bridge so that when the tooth is cut down, it can be replaced.
Two dental appointments are required with the dentists in Geelong to make a dental bridge. In certain cases, the colour of the dental bridge needs to be selected with the dental technician. Sometimes the cut tooth may need to be modified, so another impression may need to be taken and resent to our dental lab.
First appointment for the Bridge with dentist Geelong
During your first appointment with dentists local anaesthetic is given to the area where the teeth are going to be cut, then the teeth are cut down and aligned according to the bridge requirements. The amount of tooth to be reduced is determined by the position of the tooth and the material used for the dental bridge. The teeth which are cut down will depend upon the length of the dental bridge. In general, the longer the dental bridge, the more teeth needs to be cut down.
An impression is taken using rubber based material, which is a highly accurate material and another mould is taken of the patients bite. The impressions are sent to our local dental laboratory in Melbourne. A temporary dental bridge is made from the impression taken at the initial dental appointment and the patient wears the temporary bridge for 8 to 10 working days, then the patient is sent to our dental lab so the technician can pick the colour of the dental bridge.
Second appointment for the Bridge with the dentist Geelong
During the second dental appointment for the dental bridge, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is tried in for shade, bite and fit. Any adjustment that is required is done on the spot and the dental bridge is cemented with permanent cement to the patients tooth. In complex cases, the dental bridge is cemented in using temporary cement and then later on with the permanent cement.
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