Dental Bridges in Chatswood
Missing teeth can make life more challenging. Not only does a missing tooth affect your appearance, it can also be more difficult to chew the foods you need to stay healthy.
At Chatswood Dental Associates, we offer a number of solutions for missing teeth. A bridge is a time-tested solution that closes the gap and helps restore both the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth.
What Is a Bridge?
A bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth held in place by crowns affixed to the adjacent natural teeth on either side of the gap. Porcelain bridges are durable and look incredibly natural. At our practice, we know how important aesthetics are when it comes to your smile, so we also offer zirconia bridges for additional durability without compromising your appearance.
Why Do I Need a Bridge?
Tooth loss tends to set off a problematic chain reaction. Remaining teeth begin to shift, and this throws off the balance of your bite. Over time, you may find that you experience:
- Excessive wear
- Pain in your jaw joints
- Eruption of the opposing tooth (supra-eruption), which exposes the root to decay
A bridge will put a stop to these issues and help protect your long-term oral health.
Who Is a Candidate for a Fixed Bridge?
A bridge is often a suitable tooth replacement option, but it isn’t right for everyone. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination and may recommend a bridge if:
- The adjacent teeth are strong and healthy enough to support a crown.
- The gap is a reasonable size (usually only one or two missing teeth).
- Your teeth are mostly healthy with minimal decay.
How Is a Bridge Placed?
The first step is always to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar. They will examine your teeth and gums and determine whether a bridge is right for you. If so, the next step will be to take diagnostic models and images, which will help your dentist design your bridge.
At the preparation appointment, your adjacent teeth will be shaped to prepare them for crowns. Once your teeth are prepared, we’ll take a digital scan of your teeth for the lab to use when crafting your new dentistry. To protect your shaped teeth, we’ll fit a temporary bridge.
We only send our work to a laboratory we trust to provide our patients with high-quality, beautiful dentistry. After about two weeks, your final bridge will be ready. We’ll check the fit of the new bridge, and when everything is correct, it will be cemented into place.
Call to Schedule Your Evaluation
If you are missing teeth, don’t wait another minute. Call our Chatswood dental practice today so we can schedule an evaluation and consultation with one of our skilled doctors so we can help you restore your smile.