Dental bridges are fixed appliances used to replace missing teeth and can be made in various different materials and forms. If you have a denture that you do not like, why not ask you dentist if a bridge may be appropriate to replace your missing teeth. Why not contact us today to see how we can help.
FAQsWhat do bridges do?
Missing teeth can be replaced with bridges if you have healthy teeth adjacent the gap. These restorative appliances are typically bonded to or cover the neighbouring teeth, which are capped with crowns. A replacement tooth is then attached to the crowned teeth, resulting in a ‘bridge’.
What are the different types of bridges?
There are different types of dental bridges, each made of different materials and / or intended for a certain location or purpose. The most common ones are:
- Conventional bridges: These mainstream bridges, which are supported by the surrounding teeth, can be made of tooth-coloured materials for a more attractive appearance.
- Resin-attached bridges: These are used to replace a single front tooth. These bridges are sometimes anchored to a neighbouring tooth using a resin-coated flap or 'wing', however do not always need the neighbouring teeth to be altered.
- Implant bridges: These bridges restore missing teeth using dental implants.
Which type of bridge is best for your gap?
- This will depend on the number of factors:
- The number of missing teeth that need to be replaced?
- The size of the gap to be filled
- The condition/health and stability of the adjacent teeth. It may be necessary to either use one or both teeth adjacent to the gap as an anchor. Your dentist will be able to explain which type of bridge will best suit you.
What will the bridge look like once fitted?
Our dentists will be able to show you pictures and/or samples of bridges to give you an idea of what your bridge may look like. However, bridges can be made to look as natural as your own teeth. Like crowns and veneers, bridges are hand-made by our highly skilled technicians, so they can be made in a variety of shades, shapes and sizes.
Can I eat normally with a bridge?
Bridges are designed to withstand normal eating/chewing forces. The latest cements used to fit the bridge are extremely strong and are unlikely to cause any problems with normal day-to-day eating.
Are bridges easy to maintain?
Like any crowns, veneers or fillings, it is important that you maintain good oral hygiene with twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, combines with daily interdental cleaning with floss or interdental brushes (tepes). Our dentist/hygienist will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your new bridge and the surrounding teeth. We do advise that you see our hygienist for a professional clean regularly to help maintain healthy gums and teeth.
How long to bridges last?
If cared for well, on a average a dental bridge should last 10 to 15 years.
Advantages of a Dental Bridge
Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is fixed onto one or both of the adjacent teeth.
- They look, feel and function like your natural teeth
- Anchoring dental bridges to the adjacent teeth ensures an attractive, aesthetic result while helping to maintain facial structures
- Dental bridges do not require any adhesives to hold the new teeth in place
- They eliminate the discomfort and insecurity of loose, ill-fitting dentures
- You have a secure, permanent tooth replacement
- They are a cost effective alternative to a Dental Implant
How much do bridges cost?
Depending on the type, size and material of the bridge, the price will start from £585.