Bridges

Dental Bridges

We are happy to provide a variety of dental solutions to our patients in Moonee Ponds, Sunbury, and surrounding areas. On our menu of services, the dental bridge is a treatment solution for missing teeth. A longstanding dental treatment, a bridge fills the gap left by a lost tooth, restoring both form and function. Customised for fit, shape, and colour, a dental bridge becomes a permanent structure in the mouth.

Filling the space left after the loss of a tooth is necessary for ongoing oral health. When there is extra space, teeth around the gap shift out of position, creating misalignment, and oral health problems can occur. Treatment with a dental bridge may be the ideal solution for the patient who is not a good candidate for, or does not wish to undergo dental implant treatment. Within just a few visits with your Smile in Style dentist, your dental bridge will be in place and fully functional.

To begin the treatment process, teeth and gums will be evaluated by your dentist in an oral health review. This will ensure that surrounding structures are adequate for the support of a dental bridge. The entire appliance consists of two dental crowns, fused to an artificial tooth. These two crowns will be designed to replicate the teeth on each side of a gap, and the artificial tooth will blend in seamlessly.

In order to accommodate the dental crowns, the teeth on each side of the empty space will be slightly modified in shape. A digital impression is then taken with our CEREC machine which enables us to either design the bridge in house, or forward the file to a laboratory for completion of the bridge. Labs require about a week to complete the bridge out of Zirconia and/ or Emax for a high strength, non-metallic result. During this time, you may wear a temporary appliance so that you can feel confident in chewing, speaking, and smiling. At the next visit the bridge is checked for fit and colour. If all is ok the bridge is then cemented with strong cement.

Maintaining a dental bridge is easy. Our hygienist will work with you towards optimal at-home oral hygiene practices so that your dental work lasts a decade or more.

You can have a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us to schedule your visit to Smile in Style.

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Throughout our site, you will find valuable information about our services that will help you get to know us better. It is our mission to create beautiful white healthy smiles using the latest technologies. Our experienced Dentists and staff aim for lifelong relationships with our patients, providing relevant dental education and continual care throughout life. Here, you can learn more about the various dental conditions that may develop and the ways in which we treat them.
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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.

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