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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.

Cosmetic Dentist Reviews

"Grateful for Mike's honest assessment of my immediate cosmetic dental requirements and commitment to my long-term dental health."

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 Look Natural

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.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

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

  • 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

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

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 pontic 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 pontic 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 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 Dental Bridges

Traditional bridges are more affordable than implant-supported bridges. In either case, an assessment is required to determine your specific needs. We aim to ensure the best solution to provide quality dental bridges within your budget.

Dental Bridge Finance

Thompson Dental is registered with WINZ, ACC and Q-Card. These services provide financial assistance to help you afford dental crowns or the necessary dentistry required to improve your smile and maintain your teeth for life.

Free Bridges for Adolescents

The ministry of health provides free preventive, restorative and specialist dental treatments to teenagers from year 9 until their 18th birthday.

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