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Dental Bridges: Purpose, Procedure, Aftercare

June 26, 2022
Posted By: Avondale Dental Centre
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A dental bridge in Auckland is a fixed tooth replacement option. Unlike dentures that may shift or loosen over time, a fixed bridge gives you added peace of mind.

If you have missing teeth, we recommend tooth replacement to keep your bite intact, and a full smile promotes better oral health.

What Is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge consists of one or two teeth cemented between dental crowns—a crown on both ends. The dental crowns fit over the prepared teeth on either side of your smile gap. This forces the restoration teeth to fill in your smile gap.

The dental bridge allows you to enjoy meals and prevents teeth from moving into waiting smile gaps, a natural occurrence when teeth are missing. When teeth migrate, you’re at risk for misalignment and tooth wear.

What Is the Dental Bridge Procedure?

The dental bridge procedure entails impressions of your mouth. We use the results to fabricate a customised dental bridge; customisation includes tooth colour and fit.

Your dentist prepares the tooth to the left and right of your smile gap. Preparation includes removing old filling material and rocky areas. When the teeth are ready, your dentist cements the crowns, making all final adjustments.

How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge?

Aftercare includes regular maintenance. In addition to brushing and flossing your natural teeth, you’ll implement a few new steps to keep your bridge in top shape. We recommend a floss threader and a cleaning brush to keep the bridge free of buildup and debris. A team member can show you how to best use these instruments.

Your New Lynn Dentist Cares About Your Smile

We invite you to arrange a tooth replacement consultation if you have missing teeth. Additionally, we are happy to chat if you have any questions for our dental team.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
To all our valued patients. 

We are back to normal work hours and are providing all treatments. 

Our team will continue to implement additional infection control precautions to keep you, our staff, and the community safe.