Affordable Dental Bridges in the Melbourne area ideal for many people

Dr. Terry Rose, Smile In Style

In a dental practice that provides treatment for both general and cosmetic concerns, patients benefit from a wide variety of options whether they want to preserve, restore, or enhance their smile. Smile in Style treats patients of all ages with extensive experience and training, committing fully to the health and beauty of each patient’s smile.

A common form of restorative care is tooth replacement using the dental bridge. Dental bridges are an affordable option for many people. They are designed to restore efficient chewing and create a lovely smile. Our team has treated patients from Melbourne, Sunbury, Moonee Ponds, and beyond with great success. Before care, we discuss choices in materials for a dental bridge as well as types of dental bridges and the life expectancy of this restorative process. These days we try avoid using metals in our restorations and bridgework. So we usually use Emax and Zirconia in our bridge designs.

A dental bridge is a singular fixture with three or more “teeth.” Two of these teeth will be beautiful, durable dental crowns. In between these crowns will be one or more artificial teeth, called pontics. When the teeth on either side of the gap are fitted with the dental crowns, the artificial tooth or teeth will be stabilized in between. It will rest on top of the gums.

In order to craft a dental bridge, we must first prepare the two “anchor” teeth which will be crowned. In order to achieve the ideal bite and function, these teeth will be shortened and narrowed to accommodate their crowns. After preparation, digital impressions using our Cerec Omnicam will be taken to create a model of the new dentition, or tooth shapes. From the digital models and bite registration, the dental bridge can be precisely made. The final product can be ready for placement in a couple of days. Where there are multiple missing teeth implants can also be placed to anchor bridges.

Today, there are several methods of restoring teeth. Each person is different and in the Smile in Style office, is treated with personalised care that meets individual needs. Some patients may choose to replace missing teeth with dental implants, which are inserted into the jawbone to mimic natural teeth roots. There are certain requirements for successful implant treatment, however, and not every person finds this solution capable of meeting their desired result. Implant treatment is usually a more expensive option than bridgework but does have an advantage of not having to crown (cut down) the teeth either side of the missing tooth/teeth.

Implants and any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. We will discuss the risks of the procedure during your consultation as well as examine your health to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implants. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Missing teeth may also be replaced with a partial denture. A partial denture does have the advantage of being removable, which makes cleaning of the missing tooth/teeth site easier. It is also a considerably cheaper option than bridgework and implants. However, this removable appliance is typically best as a temporary fix. Many patients find the partial denture option more cumbersome and less comfortable than the fixed options of implants and bridgework.

The team at Smile in Style considers the various factors that lead to long lasting results. To learn more about your restorative options or to schedule your visit, contact us in Moonee Ponds or Sunbury.


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