Bridges

filling the void

Spaces left by missing teeth can lead to teeth on either side of the space rotating or shifting out of alignment and into the empty space, resulting in a bad bite, wear of remaining teeth and possible joint damage.

Dental bridges from macquarieDentists are a fixed replacement to fill such a space, usually where only one or two teeth are missing. Like a bridge over water, they need supports at either end of the space, so the teeth either side of the space usually have a crown placed on them. Artificial teeth/tooth are then attached to these crowns, spanning and filling the space left by the missing teeth/tooth.

Like a crown, receiving a bridge will often involve two appointments with the macquarieDentists team. Firstly, the teeth on either side of the space are carefully prepared and a detailed impression mould is made. This is the template used by a dental laboratory to create your bridge. A temporary bridge is placed whilst the permanent bridge is made.

Approximately two weeks later at your next appointment, your bridge is checked for fit and comfort before being bonded securely into place.

Bridges can last for many years, but as they are supported by natural teeth and gums, it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and schedule regular check-up appointments with macquarieDentists to monitor their status.