Bridges

No one likes to have a missing tooth and with the advancements in dentistry you do not need to suffer from this.

A bridge is a porcelain tooth that is used to fill the gap of the missing tooth.  Depending on what type of bridge you have, teeth either side of the space may need to be prepared.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

  • They are generally cheaper than an implant
  • An excellent and well established treatment option
  • Highly aesthetic
  • No surgery is involved compared to having an implant
  • Prevents movement/tilting of teeth into the space
  • Can stabilise the bite

What types of bridges are there?

Traditional Bridge: this is the most common type of bridge.  The bridge consists of two crowns holding one-three false teeth, or pontics.  In this scenario, teeth either side of the gap are prepared for a crown.  An impression or scan is then sent to the laboratory for the bridge to be made.  It is then cemented onto the two prepared teeth and the spaces are filled.

Canteliver: Similar to the traditional bridge but only one tooth is prepared for a crown beside the gap.  This type of bridge is more suitable for low stress areas.

Resin Retained Bridge/Maryland: This is an extremely conservative bridge.  Little or no preparation is provided on the tooth beside the gap.  Once the bridge has been made it is then cemented onto the tooth and will fill the gap.  The framework of the bridge can either be made from metal or a tooth coloured metal depending on the aesthetics.  This type of bridge is only suitable in certain situations and usually only at the front of the mouth.

Implant Retained: this is the most advanced way to replace missing teeth.  An implant is placed into the area where the tooth is missing.  A crown or bridge is then placed into the gap.  The benefit of this option is that no teeth are prepared, it is also the most secure of all the options.

What is better, a bridge or an implant?

This is completely dependent on a patient’s situation.  Dental bridges are an excellent and highly regarded treatment option, they are generally less expensive than implants, but, in most cases, they do require adjacent teeth to be prepared.  

An implant does require surgery, however, they are long lasting, easier to clean, highly aesthetic and secure.  They do not require adjacent teeth to be drilled. They are the cutting edge of modern dentistry.

Both dental bridges and implants require ongoing maintenance.  We advise that you brush twice a day, floss daily and see a hygiene therapist every 6 months.