A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent fixture which is anchored to the adjacent natural tooth or teeth (the abutment), to ‘bridge’ the gap where the tooth (or teeth) is missing (the pontic). This also prevents the adjacent natural teeth from drifting.
A bridge is a great, custom-made option if you do not wish to have dental implants or a denture, to replace your missing teeth. There are many different designs and materials which can be used for bridges; your dentist will discuss the best option for you.
There are several types of bridges
Cantilever Bridge – This is a bridge with one false tooth or ‘pontic’ which is attached to one crown ‘the abutment’
Fixed- Fixed Bridge – Generally consists of three crowns joined together, one at each end which cover your natural teeth and a crown in the middle which replaces your missing tooth.- Some bridges may actually be four, five or even more crowns joined together, designed to replace more than one of your missing teeth
Adhesive Bridge – This bridge has a false tooth (the pontic) to which a metal or tooth coloured ‘wing’ is attached to a natural tooth on either side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge can have one or two wings
Dental bridges can be made using the following materials: all metal (often gold) or tooth coloured bridges, such as porcelain fused to metal (often gold or a gold alloy); full ceramic (porcelain); or composite (plastic with glass particles embedded). The material used will depend on why you are having the bridge.
- Moulds of your teeth will be taken, from which we will be able to create the bridge that you require. A local anaesthetic may be used during this process.
- After two to three weeks, the bridge will be fitted into place. An anaesthetic may be required again for this.