Dental Bridges are false teeth. Depending on the size of the gap in a person's mouth will determine how many false teeth make up the gap in between the two crowns which attach to your existing teeth at either side of the gap in your mouth.
Teeth are strong and durable but they can be lost, either through injury or trauma, or as a result of decay or poor oral hygiene. If you lose a tooth it can have implications on your oral health, the ability to speak clearly and eat properly, as well impacting on the aesthetics of a nice smile. We recommend that patients replace any missing teeth to reduce the
risk of oral health diseases and to restore full functionality of the mouth.
Dental bridges can be created from a range of materials, including ceramic materials such as porcelain. Porcelain can be bonded to precious metal or all-metal dental bridges (gold).
There are three types of Dental Bridges available; ADHESIVE, FIXED-FIXED AND CANTILEVER BRIDGES.
Adhesive Bridges or Maryland-bonded Bridges
These are chosen when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth, or when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are strong and healthy without large fillings. The false tooth is made of plastic and is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth using resin that is hidden from view.
This is the most commonly used type of bridge and consists of a pontic (supporting false tooth) fused between two crowns that are anchored on neighbouring teeth or implants. The pontic is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. These are fixed and cannot be removed.
These are opted for in areas such as the front teeth that are susceptible to lower stress. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth present on only one side of the space, where the false tooth is anchored to one or more adjacent teeth on one side.
Bridges – The Positives
- They look, feel and function more like natural teeth than removable bridges
- They do not need to be removed from the mouth for cleaning
Bridges – The negatives
- Cost more than removable bridges
- They affect the adjacent teeth, to which they are attached
- Can chip or break, and more teeth are involved than just a single tooth
The price of Dental Bridges can vary depending on the materials, the size of the bridge as well as the type of the bridge required.
We will always provide you with a full written treatment plan so that you are fully aware of the costs involved.
We have published our fees on our web site, so that there are no hidden costs.
If you have dental insurance you will be provided with the necessary documentation after the treatment to enable you to make a claim from your insurance company where appropriate.
We provide 0% Finance on most treatments allowing you to spread the cost of treatment over a period that suits you. Finance can be arranged within a few hours by sending the completed online application to Dental Finance.