Dental Bridges are a good option to close gaps between existing teeth. This involves using one or two neighbouring teeth as an anchor to hold the missing tooth in place.
What is a Dental Bridge?
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.
A bridge can also be used a part of a holistic smile makeover treatment plan and are designed in the same way as veneers and crowns, ie. it would not be obviously different in the smile.
Page last updated and checked by Dr Sam Jethwa: August 17, 2020