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Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you have gaps in your teeth that make it difficult to eat, speak, or smile with confidence? If so, dental bridges may be the solution you need to restore your dental health and improve your quality of life. 

Our dental team is committed to providing high-quality dental services, including dental bridges, to help our patients achieve optimal oral health. Keep reading to learn more about dental bridges and how they can benefit you.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth (known as pontics) that are anchored to the adjacent teeth using dental crowns

There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common type and consist of pontics that are attached to dental crowns on either side of the gap. 

Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one adjacent tooth to support the bridge. Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the adjacent teeth, while implant-supported bridges are anchored to dental implants that are surgically placed in the jawbone.

Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, and composite resin. Porcelain and ceramic bridges are the most popular due to their durability, aesthetics, and biocompatibility.

Why Do You Need a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are necessary for several reasons. If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge can help to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Gaps in your teeth can also cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place, leading to dental decay, gum disease, and bite problems. Additionally, missing teeth can affect your speech and lead to a decline in your overall dental health.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The dental bridge procedure typically involves several steps. First, you will have an initial consultation with your dentist to determine if a dental bridge is a suitable solution for you. 

If so, your dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the dental crowns. Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create a custom dental bridge. 

While your bridge is being fabricated, you may receive a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums. Finally, your dentist will place the dental bridge and adjust it for proper fit and function.

The entire dental bridge procedure typically takes two to three appointments over the course of several weeks. While the procedure is generally safe, there are some risks and potential complications, including sensitivity, discomfort, and the need for additional dental work.

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Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Proper care and maintenance of your dental bridge is essential for optimal oral health. Brushing and flossing twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste, and floss threaders or interdental brushes can help to keep your bridge and surrounding teeth clean and free from decay. 

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also important to ensure that your bridge is functioning properly and to address any issues that may arise.

In addition, it’s important to avoid biting down on hard foods or objects, as this can damage your bridge and surrounding teeth. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can also increase your risk of developing gum disease and other dental problems, so it’s best to avoid these habits altogether.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges offer several benefits for patients with missing teeth.

  1. Improved appearance: Dental bridges can restore your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth, improving your overall appearance.

  2. Improved speech: Missing teeth can affect your speech, and bridges can help restore your ability to speak more clearly.

  3. Restored ability to chew: Bridges can restore your ability to chew and eat properly, which can have a positive impact on your overall health.

  4. Prevention of tooth shifting: When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth can shift and cause problems with your bite. Bridges can help prevent this from happening.

  5. Easy to maintain: Bridges are relatively easy to maintain and can be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth.


Risks Of Dental Bridges

  1. Damage to healthy teeth: To support the bridge, the adjacent teeth need to be filed down to make room for the dental crowns. This can damage healthy teeth and make them more susceptible to decay.

  2. Decay and gum disease: Bridges can increase the risk of decay and gum disease if proper oral hygiene is not maintained.

  3. Infection: If the bridge is not properly fitted or maintained, it can cause infection in the surrounding tissues and gums.

  4. Complications during the procedure: There is always a risk of complications during any dental procedure, including dental bridges.

  5. Cost: Bridges can be expensive, and the cost can vary depending on the type of bridge, the number of teeth involved, and other factors.

It is important to consult with your dentist to determine whether dental bridges are a suitable option for your specific needs and to discuss the potential risks and benefits in detail.

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Hills Dental Studio is a leading dental practice that provides exceptional dental care to patients of all ages. Our team of experienced and compassionate dentists offers a wide range of dental services, including general, cosmetic, aesthetic, emergency, and orthodontic care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a false tooth, or pontic, that is anchored in place by dental crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.

Dental bridges can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. On average, they can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, or even longer in some cases.

 However, the lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on factors such as the patient’s oral hygiene habits, the quality of the materials used, and the amount of wear and tear that the bridge is subjected to over time.

Dental bridges are typically not removable, as they are designed to be a permanent solution for tooth replacement. However, there are some types of dental bridges that can be removed for cleaning and maintenance, such as implant-supported removable bridges.

Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and functionality of your dental bridge. 

This includes brushing and flossing regularly, using fluoride toothpaste, and using specialized tools such as floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean around the bridge and surrounding teeth. 

It’s also important to attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor the health of your bridge and address any issues that may arise.

If you are missing one or more teeth and are looking for a permanent, cost-effective solution for tooth replacement, dental bridges may be a good option for you. However, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs and preferences.

The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on factors such as the type of bridge, the number of teeth being replaced, and the materials used. 

However, dental bridges are generally considered to be a cost-effective option for tooth replacement compared to other treatments such as dental implants. 

Your dentist can provide you with a personalized cost estimate based on your individual needs and circumstances.

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Nokukhanya Mhlongo
Nokukhanya Mhlongo
Kudos to everyone that assisted from support services (Admin) to technical staff (Dentist and Assistant). Great service, absolutely happy. I'm definitely coming back!
sandile nkwazi
sandile nkwazi
Awesome experience we had at Hill Dental Studio, The ladies are most welcoming at the studio my son had so much fun with them didnt wanna leave. Dr Surprise made my son so comfortable, Dr Craig took me through everything and made sure I understand clearly so Im happy with the Hills 1st time experience looking forward to our next visit. Not forgetting there’s free WIFI 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌
My daughter and I have had such a pleasant experience with The Hills Dental Studio family so far, we first consulted with Dr Surprise who was very professional, patient and thorough in explaining the whole braces procedure and soon thereafter the journey began, oh wait, I have to send a shout out to Fatu, the most amazing Receptionist, forever smiling and warm , as well as Mokgadi the Dr's assistant, you guys are awesome!). FFW.. when it was time for her to have some teeth extracted Dr Craig took over, OMG I was so nervous about this surgery because it was a little complicated, but Dr Craig was so gentle, and the recovery was phenomenal. He is such a great Dr and it is evident that he and Dr Surprise truly love what they do.
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Tauheerah Lee Haynes
Yes im bragging about my beautiful teeth 😍 Thank you so much Dr Surprise and everyone at Hills Dental. Dr Surprise I am the blessed one to have found those blessed hands that gave me my confidence back, now I just have to learn to smile more! All of you are super caring your happy auras and personalities make up a great team! Dr Craig aka (Dr Takealot) 🤣 next time when I'm there please sing again I didn't hear you today. To the ladies you are beautiful and kind❤️❤️❤️
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I have been experiencing the most beautiful months with the Hills Dental team, they give great service and the work done by them is exceptional. Thank you Fhathu for the warmest welcome with every visit. Thank you Dr Surprise for my beautiful smile being experiencing a beautiful journey with my transformation. ☺️✌️
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The best dental practice, compassionate, caring just a truly amazing professional experience All the staff are so caring and understanding Highly recommended
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Nokuzola Mtini
A family that truly works like a well-oiled machine to bring exceptional service and ultimately improve Crockett smiles like the one I once had before walking into Hills Dental Studio. The amazing receptionists, Dr. Surprise and Dr. Craig who never seize to smile which is so ironic, considering, and the rest of the staff. I am utterly grateful for the work of these people's hands! It is evident that they love what they do and love who they do it with, including us their patients, the love is just as contagious. And above that, they are skilled and really deliver to exceed expectations! Highly recommended!
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I went to Hills Dental Studio earlier today to remove my wisdom tooth. Dr Craig assisted me. I was very nervous but Dr Craig communicated with me throughout the procedure to ensure I was still comfortable and not in pain. This helped me relax. Thank you Dr Craig for your kind and professional service. I will definitely be recommending Hills Dental Studio to everyone I know.

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