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Dental bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures are used to replace a missing tooth that would otherwise adversely affect your mouth. A missing tooth can cause many negative impacts, including; the shifting of other teeth to accommodate for the open space, a change in the bite that may affect your ability to eat, a speech impediment, and a higher risk of a periodontal disease and tooth decay.

dental bridge

Types of Bridges

There are three types of bridges: fixed bridge, cantilever bridge, and resin bonded bridge. A fixed bridge is a pontic, or porcelain ceramic tooth replica, that is bonded to two adjacent porcelain-crowned teeth without the ability to remove it. Cantilever bridges are used for areas that do not have two adjoining teeth available to bond to. A resin bonded bridge is often used for the front teeth, providing that the adjoining teeth have not had any extensive dental fillings or unhealthy gums.

If you exercise proper dental hygiene, your bridges can last for up to 15 years.

The Procedure

First, your dentist will evaluate the health and condition of your teeth and gums to determine if you are a right fit for a dental bridge. Then he or she will prepare your teeth for the procedure. You will be given a local anaesthetic, and then your dentist will prepare the two teeth that will adjoin the replica tooth, by shaving and be fitting them for dental crowns. If the two adjoining teeth have fillings, a portion of the filling may not be reduced, in order to provide greater strength in the tooth infrastructure.

How dental bridge works

Your dentist will then place an impression appliance into your mouth and fill the appliance with a putty-like material to make a mould of every tooth crevice. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory so that they can develop a bridge of the most accurate size, shape, and anatomical features for your mouth.

You will then be fitted with a temporary bridge or flipper (false tooth appliance) so that your gums and teeth are prevented from damage until the permanent bridge is made. Flippers are held in place with wire or a plastic material.

To complete the dental bridge treatment, a second visit to the dental office will be required to be fitted for the permanent bridge. The permanent bridge will be bonded to your teeth.

The Cost of Dental Bridges

The price for dental bridges vary and are impacted by a few factors, these include the possible requirement of an additional procedure such as a filling in one or two of the adjoining teeth, the expertise and experience of your dentist, the locality of the clinic, the type of dental insurance you have, and the bridge material choice for a fixed bridge, cantilever bridge, or resin bonded bridge.

Dental bridges can vary in cost, ranging from $500 to $900 per tooth and are expected to last between 10 and 15 years. The cost range does not include fees associated with adjoining the two crowned teeth to the false one. Depending on the type of dental insurance you have, insurance companies may offer a 15% reimbursement or up to a 50% absorption of the total procedure costs. For more information please visit dental bridge Napier.



wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth that grow in the late teen years and early twenties in an individual’s life. They normally grow at the back of one’s gum and most individuals have one wisdom tooth on each corner of the gum. By the time the wisdom tooth begins to grow the first 28 teeth are already in perfect positions and this deprives space for them to grow appropriately. Due to lack of space, it results in several complications as they struggle to fit in the mouth. Some complications include misalignment where the wisdom tooth positions itself in a horizontal manner towards or away from the adjacent molars, also it may partially grow through the gums which are very painful and exposes the gum to bacteria causing infections. Which can result in accumulation of pus, swelling, difficulty in eating and excess pain?

How are wisdom teeth treated and removed?


wisdom tooth extraction

Before the extraction process begins, the surrounding tissues and the teeth are numbed with an anaesthetic drug. However, in some instances the doctor may suggest a sedative so as to reduce anxiety, for example, the laughing gas is commonly known as nitrous oxide, this sedative also enables you to comfortably leave after the procedure and arrive home.

Controversies and Complications associated with the wisdom tooth extraction.

After wisdom tooth removal, you are bound to experience the following: Bleeding which you can manage by applying constant pressure on the empty tooth, for instance, you can use a tea bag that has moisture in it. You can also experience swelling and you can minimise this by placing a piece of cloth with some ice inside it. Your dentist may also prescribe some medications to reduce the pain and reduce infections.

However, even after you have successfully removed your wisdom tooth you may experience a dry socket, which comes when the socket fails to for a blood clot which delays the healing process and your dentist may have to place some medicine in the socket. 

Another complication is paresthesia, which is not a common complication but happens when the nerves close to the wisdom tooth get damaged during the extraction process. Please note that if you require medical help, please see your local clinic