A missing tooth can spoil even the most beautiful smile, but a bridge can be used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. By fixing a replacement tooth (or teeth) to the natural teeth at either side of the gap, a bridge will improve the your appearance and the way you bite, chew and speak. As with a crown, the colour is matched to that of your own teeth.
A dental bridge essentially consists of:
Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect:
Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for many reasons:
Traditional fixed bridge
This is the most commonly used type of bridge and consists of a pontic fused between two porcelain crowns that are anchored on neighbouring teeth or implants. The pontic is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. These are fixed and cannot be removed.
Resin-bonded bridges or Maryland-bonded bridges
These are chosen when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth, or when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are strong and healthy without large fillings. The false tooth is made of plastic and is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth using resin that is hidden from view.
These are opted for in areas such as the front teeth that are susceptible to lower stress. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth present on only one side of the space, where the false tooth is anchored to one or more adjacent teeth on one side.
Prices start at £682
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