Last medically reviewed by : 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.
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.