A bridge is a false tooth used to fill in or bridge the area left by a missing tooth. Conventional dental bridges are made by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle.

They are cemented in the same way as dental crowns. They are ideal for people who don’t like dentures or only have one or two teeth missing. A well-designed and well cared for bridge will last many years and is a very good way of replacing one or two teeth.

The good news is that bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech.

Frequently asked questions

Why would I need a bridge?

There are a few reasons why you might consider a bridge. Strain on your teeth: The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth on either side of it. A bridge will help to dissipate the strain more evenly.

Bite: A gap can also affect your bite. The teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.

Decay: It is easier for food to become trapped in a gap. Thus can cause both decay and gum disease on your remaining teeth.

Appearance: A bridge can restore your original smile.

Am I suitable to have a bridge?

Bridges are ideal if there are one or two teeth missing or when the missing teeth are on one side of the mouth.

The teeth and gums must be healthy enough to support the bridge. At your consultation visit, we will take some digital x-rays of the teeth and do a general audit of the surrounding teeth and gums. We need to be reassured that a bridge would be appropriate, would be functional and would be aesthetically pleasing. We will suggest alternatives if we feel that a bridge would not be suitable.

What is a fixed bridge?

It is a tooth, attached to two crowns on either side. It fills in the gap left by a missing tooth.

This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth and can only be done if the teeth it is to be attached to are healthy and have no active gum disease. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth and are permanent.

What is a cantilever bridge?

In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space.

What are the different types of bridges?

Bridges are divided into different types depending on what they are made of and how they fit.

Back of mouth: Bridges towards the back of the mouth typically have a precious metal substructure covered with a layer of porcelain. The porcelain is coloured to match your own teeth.

Front teeth: Nearer the front, where the teeth are not subject to as much chewing force, but where appearance is more important, we usually recommend an all porcelain material. These look very natural and mimic the translucency of your own teeth.

We are happy to talk you through various cost, material and aesthetic options to make sure you have the very best solution.

How do I care for my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth daily. We will show you how to use special brush or floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach. The long-term success of a bridge is heavily dependant on a healthily maintained mouth.

How long can a bridge last?

With a long-term commitment to good oral health, bridges often last about ten years or more.

Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?

There are other methods that we are happy to discuss with you. Another solution is to have an implant. Implants are shaped like a screw and placed permanently into the bone of your jaw to act as an anchor upon which new teeth are constructed. Please click here for our veneers section.

How much does a bridge cost?

A well-designed bridge will last many years and each one is carefully prepared and custom-made to fit and restore your smile. A typical precious metal and porcelain bridge costs from £545 per tooth on the bridge. A typical resin bonded adhesive bridge, which is primarily used to replace a missing front tooth, can cost less than a fixed bridge.

What about payment options?

We offer 0% finance loans, subject to the usual terms and conditions and status requirements. Please click here for more information. We also offer corporate and personal dental schemes and we are happy to accept personal insurance. E.g. Denplan or BUPA. Please click here for more information

What do I do next?

If you’d like to book an appointment, you can call us on 020 7638 7100, or email us on bite@dentistry100.co.uk

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