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Designed to replace one or more missing teeth, dental bridges can restore a mouth to full function again, while also repairing a gap in the smile.

Dental bridges are one of the most popular ways to restore a smile, and can be used to replace missing teeth or teeth that are in need of extraction. Usually made of porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, there are several different bridge types available, but all of them require the support of 1-2 healthy neighbouring teeth.

What is a bridge?

Dental bridges are designed to ‘bridge’ a gap in the mouth. They are usually made up of a new porcelain prosthetic tooth or teeth and a support structure that is then attached to the neighbouring teeth, anchoring the prosthesis in place.

What types of bridge are available?

  • Conventional bridge: the most ‘traditional’ type of bridge uses two neighbouring healthy teeth for support, with crowns to anchor the prosthesis in place.
  • Maryland/Bonded bridge: instead of using crowns, this bridge attaches a metal or porcelain frame to the back of the neighbouring teeth as the main support structure.
  • Cantilever bridge: often used on teeth closer to the front of the mouth, cantilever bridges only require the support of one neighbouring tooth to hold the prosthesis in place.

How long does the treatment take?

Bridges usually require two appointments to be placed. At the first appointment, your anchor teeth will be prepared for the treatment, and a digital scan or impression will be taken so that your personal bridge can be made for you. Once the bridge is made, you’ll come back into the practice to have it placed.

How long do bridges usually last?

With proper oral hygiene and good overall care, including frequent dental examinations, your bridge could last up to 15 years.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

  • Restore full function to a mouth
  • Eat more easily
  • Speak fluently
  • Fix a gap in a smile
  • Prevent further issues arising such as decay and misalignment of remaining teeth
  • Cost-effective

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