Dental Bridges
Dental Bridges

Dental bridge teeth restorations

Quality dental bridges provide an affordable, non-invasive cosmetic solution to missing teeth. Book a “bridge prep” appointment with Micheal or Amanda to fill the gap in your smile or scroll down to learn more.

Improve your smile with affordable Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are made up of artificial teeth that bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. These artificial teeth are held in place by one or two abutment teeth which are either existing natural teeth or tooth implants. A fixed porcelain bridge is a cost effective way to replace a single tooth or a couple of missing teeth.

Porcelain Bridges

Dental porcelain looks natural. It is durable and remarkable in its ability to replicate both the form and function of original teeth.

Dental bridge alternatives

Two alternative cosmetic restorations to bridges are dentures which offer a more affordable solution to replacing many missing teeth and dental implants which offer the most stable solution of all.

Dental bridges provide stability

Filling the gaps in your smile with dental bridges will provide stability and confidence when you smile, speak and eat. Fixed bridge restorations stabilise your jawbone, preventing your adjacent teeth from shifting to fill gaps caused by one or more missing teeth, reducing the risk of bone loss and maintaining your facial structure. Furthermore, the stability of bridge restorations protects your bite, preventing your teeth from wearing down over time.

Oral health benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Equally distribute the forces in your bite preventing worn-down teeth
  • Prevent healthy teeth from becoming misaligned
  • Protect the integrity of your jawbone and maintain facial structure

Psychological benefits of porcelain bridges

  • Improve your smile with natural looking teeth
  • Build your self esteem and boost your confidence
  • Speak and eat without inhibition

Financial benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Affordable cosmetic dentistry solution
  • Affordable solution to preserving oral function

Book online or call our dental practice, we are based in Mt Albert Road, Mt Roskill.

dental bridge options

  • Traditional dental bridges
  • Cantilever dental bridges
  • Maryland Dental bridges
  • Implant-supported dental bridges
Cosmetic Dentistry Bridges

Traditional Dental Bridge

Traditional dental bridges

The most popular type is the traditional dental bridge that can be used when natural teeth are located on both sides of the gap as the abutment teeth. These can contain one to four fake teeth to “bridge” the gap. The enamel from the abutment teeth will be removed and the teeth will be protected and strengthened with crowns to hold the bridge. A traditional bridge is one continuous piece and fits seamlessly into the gap, supporting up to 4 teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

Cantilever dental bridges

A cantilever bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth on one side of the gap. The enamel is removed from the abutment tooth and the tooth is crowned to protect and hold a pontics in place. Like the traditional bridge, the cantilever will be secured onto the natural tooth and fill the gap, but this can only support one tooth.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Maryland Dental bridges

A Maryland bridge offers a more conservative approach if you want to avoid crowns. A metal or porcelain framework secures the pontics to the gum line. The framework is then secured to the teeth near the gap. Maryland bridges can support one or two teeth.

Implant Dental Bridge

Implant-supported dental bridges

Implant-supported bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges, but dental implants are surgically inserted to act as the abutment teeth. This is a more expensive and more lengthy process as the implant surgery recovery time is around 6 months. However, bridges supported by implants can support between five and six teeth.

Dental Bridge FAQs

Traditional dental bridges can support 1 to 4 teeth.
Cantilever bridges can only support 1 tooth.
Maryland bridges can support 1 or 2 teeth.
Implant supported bridges can support up to 5 or 6 teeth.

First appointment for dental bridge preparation

Your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth besides the gaps to allow room for a bridge to be placed. Impressions of your teeth will be taken from which the dental technician will model your new bridged teeth. You will be given a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the new bridge is being modeled.

 

Second appointment to place the permanent bridge

Your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge. The bridge will be carefully checked and any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure the bridge fits correctly and feels comfortable in your mouth.

Your dental bridge should feel nearly as real and comfortable as your natural teeth. Many of our patients report a remarkable improvement with bridge restorations.

The difference between dental bridges vs dentures is that bridges are fixed to provide a permanent restoration and dentures are removable. Bridges are more stable but require more maintenance to avoid gum disease.

Abutment teeth supporting the dental bridge are vulnerable to infections if oral hygiene is neglected, regular brushing and flossing are therefore essential. Additionally, it is important to have 6 month dental checkups so that your dentist can check the fit regularly.

Cost of porcelain dental bridges

Traditional bridges are more affordable than implant-supported bridges. In either case an assessment is required to determine your specific needs. Our aim is to ensure the best solution to provide optimal oral function within your budget. Thompson Dental is registered Q-card merchants to help you get the necessary dentistry to improve your smile or maintain your teeth for life. Our practice is WINZ approved for low income adult patients who are unable to afford dentistry, and we are registered with Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for any accidental injuries.

Low income Adults

Discretionary financial assistance with dental treatments, especially when urgent.

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Accident Compensation

Financial compensation for citizens, residents and visitors who have suffered accidental dental injuries.

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Interest-free loans

Thompson Dental is a registered Q Card merchant, offering a range of interest free deals.

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Get $25 credit when referring a friend

To assist you with your budgets and keep you smiling we are offering $25 credit to all patients for each referral. Terms and conditions apply.

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Convenience to keep you smiling

Emergency dentist

Our Mt Roskill dental clinic reserves emergency dentist appointments every day for urgent dental care. We will never turn you away and every patient is welcome. If you have an emergency you can book an appointment right now by contacting us.

Saturday dentist

Dr Amanda Hawkins is open for Saturday dental appointments every second weekend. Book online or contact us.

Practice Hours

Mon – Wed: 8:15am to 5:15pm
Thursday: 8:15am to 7:00pm
Friday: 8:15am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

We are open every second Saturday.

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Free Parking

The dental practice has ample off-street parking on the Mt Albert Road premises.

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