Dental Bridges

  3 Unit Dental Bridge

When a tooth is removed the best is to ussually close this gap with a new tooth or some prosthesis as soon as possible.
3 permanent options exist to close gaps: dental implant, Dental bridge or a removeable Denture.

Porcelain  dental bridges are a perfect solution to close gaps left by 1 or more missing teeth.


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Speaking problems (lisping or ‘sluring' sounds caused by missing teeth)

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Making chewing easier
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Provide addedd comfort
 teeth whitening Cape Town Provide soft tissue support to prevent wrinkle formation

What is a dental bridge

A dental bridge is a number of dental crowns that are joined together to form a single unit. It therefore 'bridges' over a gap or space, left by another tooth that was removed. Dental bridges are non-removable and are cemented in place by your dentist. Bridges rely on the existing anchor teeth for support and if any of these supporting teeth fail, the whole bridge will fail. It is therefor vital that proper oral hygiene should be maintained at all times to ensure the longevity of the dental bridge.

Life expectancy of a dental bridge:  +- 12 years or as long as the 
                                                     anchor teeth are in tact.

 Material for Dental Bridges

 teeth whitening Cape Town  Acrylic dental bridge
 teeth whitening Cape Town  Cast Metal dental bridge
 teeth whitening Cape Town  Full Porcelain dental bridge
 teeth whitening Cape Town  Porcelain with metal support underneath
 teeth whitening Cape Town  Fiber dental bridges (a more short-term & economical option) - please note that these are only applicable to 3-unit bridges

 Types of Dental Bridges

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 Computerised (CAD/CAM) CEREC dental bridges

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 Permanent dental bridges

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 Canti-lever dental bridges

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 Temporary dental brigdes

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 Removable dental bridges (Also called short span 


 The length of a Dental Bridge

The more missing teeth, the longer the dental bridge will get. 
If only 1 tooth is missing and the gap is 'bridged' using 2 anchor teeth it is called a 3-unit dental bridge.
If only one anchor tooth is used to bridge a gap, it is called a Canti-lever dental bridge.

 The Procedure

The First Appointment
The anchor teeth adjacent to the missing tooth is prepared for dental crowns.
A temporary crown or bridge is placed over the prepared teeth to protect them until the final bridge is fitted.

Second Appointment
The permanent bridge is fitted with a temporary or permanent cement. Sometimes to make things more retrievable, the dentist will use a temporary cement so access to the naked teeth is possible if the need would arise.

Please note that Computerized Dental Bridges (CAD/CAM or CEREC) can be made in just 1 appointment! Computerised Bridges make use of digital impressions to capture the prepared teeth. No laboratory is necessary and the whole design is milled out in the office.

 Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants

Sometimes the question is what option is best? Dental implants or dental Bridges when closing a gap.
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The price of dental bridges will vary depending on the number of crown units applicable.
R3400 per unit / crown*
(this means a 3 unit metal-porcelain bridge will costs +- R10 000)

*Prices are for 2013


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