Dental Bridges in Singapore
An Introduction to Dental Bridges
This section of About Cosmetic Dentistry will help you to learn more about dental bridges. You will have an idea about it and how the procedure is performed, what dental bridges cost.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can
cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments,
an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.
Dental bridges are false teeth, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing
teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic and is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to
the teeth on each side of the false tooth, thereby bridging them together.This is also known as a fixed bridge.These
false teeth called pontics can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.This procedure
is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with
removable partial dentures. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever
bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease,
help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene,
then they can last for as many as ten years or more.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Are you a candidate for dental bridges?
- Restore smile in your face
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
If you have good oral hygiene practice but missing teeth, you should discuss this procedure with your dentist. If spaces
are left unfilled, they may cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Additionally, spaces from missing teeth
can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Bridges
are mostly recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that can effect.
Nearly everyone who has one or more missing teeth is a candidate for a dental bridge. However, the difference
between proper and improper oral hygiene is, generally, what determines the success of the dental bridge.
- Your smile and appearance.
- Your speech.
- Your bite (as a result of adjacent teeth leaning into the space and altering the way the upper and lower
teeth bite together).
- The shape of your face.
- The rates of gum disease and tooth decay due to food accumulated in the gap.
How long will Dental Bridges last?
Dental bridges can last 10-15 years, provided that you maintain good dental hygiene and eating habits.
What is the Procedure of Dental Bridges?
You won't be able to get dentures or a bridge in one visit. It is mostly accomplished in two appointments.
In the first appointment:
- With a mild anaesthetic the dentist will numb the area .
- By trimming away a small area the teeth on either side of the space are prepared in order to accommodate
the new crown over them.
- The dentist then uses dental putty to make an impression of the teeth which serve as a model from which
the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory.
- A temporary bridge is fitted in to protect the exposed gums and teeth while your bridge is being made.
- A Vita shade guide may be used to determine the right shade for the dental bridge, by selecting a shade
that resembles natural colour variations in your teeth, as well as suits your complexion, hair colour, the colour of your
natural teeth and even your eye colour.
In the second appointment:
- The temporary bridge will be removed and the custom-made permanent bridge is fitted, checked for its fit
and bite, and adjusted accordingly. It is then cemented to your teeth.
- Multiple visits might be required to check and adjust the fit of the metal framework and bite.
- In case of permanent (fixed) bridges, the bridge is temporarily cemented for a couple of weeks and
checked for its fit. After a couple weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.
What are the types of Dental Bridges available?
There are three main types of dental bridges:
1. Traditional fixed bridge
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left
by a missing tooth. There two porcelain crowns holding it in place that are anchored on neighbouring teeth or
implants onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to
replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable
2. Resin Bonded Bridges or Maryland-bonded bridges
These are chosen when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth, or when Less expensive, this bridge is best
used when the the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are strong and healthy without large fillings. The false
made of plastic is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth with a resin which is hidden from view.
This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.
3. Cantilever Bridges
These are opted for in areas such as the front teeth that are susceptible to lower stress. Cantilever bridges are used
when there are teeth present on only one side of the space, where the false tooth is anchored to one or more adjacent
teeth on one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.
How much does Dental Dridge cost?
The cost of dental bridges depends on several factors, including:
Dental Bridges can range in price from $1000 to $3000 per tooth based on the aforementioned factors. In the case of
a Maryland type bridge, costs range from $250. to $550. for each attaching wing and $600. to $1200. for each false
tooth or pontic.
- The potential need for additional procedures (such as fillings or root canals) in one or two of the adjoining
- The artistic technique of the dentist and lab technician.
- The location of the dentist.
- The coverage provided by your dental insurance.
- The type of material used in the bridge.
- The preparation of teeth involved in the bridge procedure.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
- They are very much natural in appearance by restoring your smile.
- Two appointments with the dentist are generally require only
- They have a good life period, lasting for 10-15 years, providing you maintain good dental hygiene.
- They improve your appearance, bite issues by distributing the forces in your bite and speech problems occurring as a result of missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
What are the disadvantages of Dental Bridges?
- For a few weeks teeth become mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures.
- They require healthy tooth tissue from neighboring teeth to be prepared.
- If proper hygiene is not maintained your teeth and gums are vulnerable to infection as a result of
accumulation of bacteria due to the food acids.
How to take care of your Dental Bridges?
The following recommendations will help to eliminate, or reduce, any oral health problems while your teeth bonded by
- Brush your teeth carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, as food
may become lodged causing the gums and teeth to become infected. This may lead to further complications resulting
in the loss of the bridge.
- Floss daily. Your dentist, or other oral health specialist, may recommend using a floss threaded for hard-to
-reach places between the bridge and its adjacent teeth.
- Have your teeth cleaned every six months by an oral health professional.
- Limit your sugar and starch intake, as debris left behind from these types of foods may turn into damaging
acids, which, in addition to promoting plaque formation, may also be harmful to teeth and gums.
- Avoid hard and/or sticky snacks. This includes foods such as popcorn, hard or chew candy, caramel,
- Eat a balanced and nutritious diet for good general and dental health.
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