Bridges

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Bridges

Bridges are used to replace 1 or more missing teeth.
Bridges use other teeth to give them support.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a highly successful way of replacing one or more missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as ‘anchors’ to give the bridge support.

Sometimes the decision to have a bridge can be very easy, particularly when the adjacent teeth can offer robust support.

However it may not always be appropriate to use your other teeth for support. If the surrounding teeth are ‘virgin teeth’ (i.e free from any decay or fillings) than an implant may be more suitable.  As surrounding teeth often require removal of some of the enamel in order to make space for the bridge then the sacrifice of these perfectly healthy teeth may not be recommended.

Frequent Questions

Sometimes the decision to have a bridge can be very easy, particularly when the adjacent teeth can offer robust support.

However, sometimes it may not be appropriate to use other teeth for support, particularly if they untouched “virgin” teeth. In this situation, the patient may choose to have an implant instead.

It will take several visits to fully fit your bridge:

  • Firstly your anchoring teeth will be prepared. This will involve reducing the enamel so there is space for the crowns to be fitted on top.
  • Next, impressions will be taken and used to manufacture your bridge. This may take a few weeks so you can have a temporary appliance fitted in the meantime.
  • At your fitting appointment the bridge will be checked to ensure a comfortable fit and that you are completely happy with the appearance. It will then be permanently cemented to the crowns ensuring that it is secure and strong.

The process normally takes around 2 weeks from preparation to fit.

With a good oral hygiene routine, regular check-ups and proper maintenance as required you can expect your bridge to last for between 10-15 years. Be aware that your bridge could loosen if you develop gum disease which in turn can lead to bone shrinkage. Keep a good eye on your gums and visit your Dentist and Hygienist regularly so that they can spot any signs of gum disease early.

A bridge costs £450 per unit. Replacing a missing tooth usually requires at least 1 unit for the missing tooth and at least 1 unit to provide support.

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