Dental bridges

Dental bridges span gaps where teeth have been lost and can be thought of as a series of linked crowns.

They can restore smiles and help preserve the ability to chew properly. They maintain facial shape, prevent remaining teeth from ‘drifting’ and distribute the weight of the bite evenly.

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Types of dental bridges

Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (replacement tooth) between them. These are the most common type of bridge and are made of either gold, porcelain, fused to metal or ceramics.

Cantilever bridges are used in areas of mouth that are under less stress and when there are adjacent teeth on one side only of the missing tooth or teeth.

Maryland bonded bridges – also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge – consist of a false tooth which has been bonded to a set of attachment ‘wings’ on either side.

These fixings are used to bond the prosthetic to adjacent teeth.

Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth extracted?
No. It can take up to six months for your gums to heal properly after an extraction. This means that you may require a temporary denture before the bridge is fitted. Our dentists will advise.

Can bridges always replace teeth that are lost?
Dental bridges can only be considered if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Our dentists will advise and if bridgework is not suitable, will explain other options.

How are crowns and bridges made?
Before a bridge can be made, supporting teeth need to be prepared by making them a little smaller so the crown anchor points can fit over them.  After this procedure we will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the technicians to manufacture the prosthetic.

If porcelain is to be used, our dentists will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of existing teeth.

Temporary crowns are usually fixed over the prepared teeth to protect the dental work while the bridge is being manufactured.

Other options
A single missing tooth or missing teeth can be replaced by implants, the preferred clinical approach, which allows healthy adjacent teeth to remain untouched.