Dental bridges are a great permanent solution for those with gaps in their smile. They’re also a very good fixed alternative to dentures for people missing only a few teeth.
Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge itself is anchored to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap and has the replacement teeth attached to it.
Interested in getting a dental bridge? Phone the friendly Fernvale Dental team on 07 5427 0880 or book online today.
Why might I need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth can have detrimental impacts on our physical and psychological wellbeing, Dental bridges can help in a number of ways:
Restore your smile and confidence
Maintain the natural shape of your face
Re-adjusts your bite for effective chewing
Prevents your remaining teeth from moving
Helps with your speech and pronunciation
Comfortable and easy to look after
If missing teeth are negatively affecting you in your day-to-day life, then dental bridges may be an excellent solution for you.
How does a dental bridge procedure work?
A dental bridge procedure takes place over two appointments.
During the first appointment, we prepare the anchoring teeth (those that will support the bridge) and take impressions of the area. The anchoring teeth are shaped so that the crowns of the bridge fit over them perfectly in the following appointment. We send the impressions to our local lab where they specially create your unique bridge.
During the second appointment, we carefully check the dental bridge to ensure it fits perfectly before cementing it in place.
Is a dental bridge procedure painful?
During the first appointment, we numb the mouth so that no pain or discomfort is felt, and then put in place a temporary bridge until the permanent one is ready. After this initial appointment, some discomfort may be felt in the gums around the anchoring teeth, but it shouldn’t last long and over-the-counter painkillers will be strong enough.
How long does a dental bridge last for?
A dental bridge generally lasts for five to 15 years but, as always, it depends on good oral hygiene. As with natural teeth, it’s important that you make a habit of brushing, flossing and rinsing to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge and to prevent tooth decay in the area.
We also recommend twice yearly appointments with one of our friendly dentists for optimal dental health.
What if my dental bridge is hurting?
It’s important that you make an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as you become aware of your dental bridge causing pain or discomfort. The first thing we’ll do is examine your mouth and bridge so we can determine the cause. If it’s a new bridge, it may be that the bite needs minor readjusting. The dental bridge could be loose, or it could be that decay has set in under the crowns that support the bridge.
If you ever experience pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, make sure you book an appointment with Fernvale Dental immediately. It’s never a good idea to let these things go on too long.
Easy payment options
Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:
At Fernvale Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be part of the Members’ Choice network for Medibank Private, First Choice for NIB, the More for Teeth program with HCF and the Choice Network for CBHS! FIND OUT MORE
CONTACT US ONLINE
Shop 9, 1455 Brisbane Valley Highway, Fernvale, Queensland.
T. 07 5427 0880
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Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 7:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:30pm
If you need to reschedule or cancel an existing appointment, please call us on (07) 5427 0880 as we are unable to do this via our contact form.