If you are missing one or multiple teeth, this can have a significant effect on the appearance and functionality of your mouth. Therefore, it is important that you replace missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid further damage, including further tooth loss, alteration in bite and possible infection. Typically made from metal and porcelain, dental bridges are perfect for achieving a natural looking smile that feels and functions just like the real thing.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are non-removable, which saves on the hassle of having to remove and clean them.
This is a less invasive and quicker alternative to some other treatments for missing teeth, offering a natural-looking solution. They are usually made from metal and porcelain and remain in place by using the surrounding teeth for support.
This solution differs from alternative treatments for missing teeth, including dental implants and dentures, as the procedure is both quicker and less invasive.
Types of dental bridge
Traditional: The false tooth is attached to crowns on either side of the tooth gap. Usually made from fusing porcelain to metal or ceramics, this option restores strength and stability for a fully functional smile.
Cantilever: This is suitable if there are only healthy teeth on one side of the gap. The bridge is anchored to the teeth on the healthy side, so it’s usually only suitable for teeth that aren’t subject to much chewing stress, i.e. the front teeth.
Maryland bonded: Used when the surrounding teeth show little or no damage, these are usually made from plastic. Metal bands are bonded to the adjacent teeth using resin, making this bridge the perfect solution for teeth with minimal stress placed on them.
Our dentists will assess your teeth and talk you through the options available to help you make an informed decision.