Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: February 1, 2021
Wanting to literally bridge the gap between one or missing teeth?
Dental bridges can help you do exactly that.
Made up one or more crowns, the bridge sits on either side of a gap caused by a missing tooth. The bridges will be supported by your own natural teeth or implants.
What is a dental bridge?
Types of bridges include: Traditional, Cantilever and Maryland bonded bridges.
A dental bridge is a fixed way of replacing teeth, where a natural tooth or teeth are attached to other real teeth on the side of the missing tooth.
This essentially uses neighbouring teeth as an ‘anchor’ for the artificial teeth. The dental bridge simply ‘bridges’ the gap created by any missing teeth.
There are various designs of dental bridges – some require minimal cutting of the two supporting natural abutment teeth whereas others require the supporting teeth to have full coverage artificial crowns on them.
Bridges can also be supported by dental implants.
The designs are often dependent upon the strength of the supporting teeth and the number of missing teeth.
A dental bridge can be an excellent solution with great functional ability as well as being aesthetically appealing because we are able to design the teeth to match with the patient’s natural smile.
This can be a long term solution where the bridge is securely fixed to the neighbouring teeth and isn’t removable once in place allowing you to chew and function confidently.
It’s not uncommon for bridges when cared for correctly to not last shorter than ten years.
The price of bridges can vary but it depends on the type of bridge used and the quality of the dentist performing the procedure.
Often, dental insurance can pay a percentage of the fee, depending on your plan. But 0% finance options are also available.
See our costs here.
- Restores smiles easily and swiftly
- Makes chewing and speaking easier
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Distributes your bite force correctly
- Deters teeth from moving out of position
The process: How it works
- During your first appointment for receiving a bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared
- The preparation includes recontouring of the teeth, which removes a portion of enamel, which is to make room for the crown to be placed on top.
- Impressions are taken, which will act as a basis that the bridge and crowns will be designed and created from at the dental laboratory.
- A temporary bridge will be fixed to protect the exposed teeth in the meantime
- In your second visit, we will remove your temporary bridge and attach your new porcelain one. Adjustments will be made until the perfect fit is achieved.
Alternative tooth replacement options:
- Dental implants: One of the most favoured and innovative ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants offer patients permanent and secure solutions to restore gaps. More.
- Teeth in a day: Also known as Immediate Implants or All-on-Four, which differs from conventional dental implant treatment as it allows the patient to walk away the same day with a set of fully functioning teeth. More.
- Cosmetic dentures: Whilst dentures seem to be the preferred option for patients, modern technology has seen dentures improve dramatically. More.
Meet our implant and restorative dentists.