Dental Bridges

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth and is fixed to a tooth/ teeth next to the space. It is a useful alternative to a denture or implant.

As the name suggests, a dental bridge is used to ‘bridge the space’ where you have a missing tooth. The false tooth or ‘pontic’ is attached to one or both teeth either side of the space, known as ‘abutment teeth’. Terms such as conventional cantilever and fixed-fixed can be used to describe bridgework. Conventional bridgework involves preparing the teeth similar to when one prepares a tooth for a crown or cap. Adhesive bridges such as the Maryland bridge allow a gap to be filled without as much preparation as a conventional bridge. Unlike a denture, a dental bridge is a permanently fixed in the mouth.

Image of completed dental bridge

Depending on where in your mouth the bridge will be placed it can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of the two materials. For example, if the bridge is to replace a front tooth it can be made using porcelain or tooth coloured materials which will give the best appearance and blend as closely as possible with the surrounding teeth.

Dental Bridge Cost

When considering a bridge your dentist will plan each case carefully and discuss all options with you to agree on the best solution for your situation. We work closely with our laboratory which specialises in porcelain crowns and bridges. Our dental laboratory uses the finest materials and latest techniques to provide you with the best bridge achievable. There are many types of dental bridge available and every clinical case is different. For this reason it is very difficult to give a price over the phone.

If you would like more information about dental bridges please contact us to arrange an appointment so we can assess your case.