What is a bridge?

A dental bridge is a false tooth which is used to fill a gap from a missing tooth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is a permanent fixture as it is anchored to the teeth at one, or both, sides of the gap.

Although we would recommend a dental implant as the most effective solution for a gap in the teeth, this is not always clinically suitable.

The different kinds of bridge include:

Fixed bridge

This unit looks like a strip of three teeth. The ‘teeth’ on either end are effectively dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap, with the ‘middle tooth’ filling the gap in-between then.

Cantilever bridge

This is very similar to the fixed bridge outlined above, however it is only kept in place on one side rather than both.

With both of these options there will be a number of trips to the practice required as we will have to take an impression of your teeth and have the bridge unit manufactured by the dental laboratory.

Remember, there are quite frequently a number of options available so speak to your dentist about whether a bridge would be most suitable for you, or whether a dental implant may be a better long-term solution.

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