Many people have a bridge fitted to replace a single missing tooth or a small number of teeth. A bridge is one of the most popular and effective ways to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridge available so your dentist will advise which is most suitable for your needs.
Is a bridge right for me?
If you lose a tooth it is important to fill the gap to avoid placing additional strain on the surrounding teeth and to stop them drifting out of position. A bridge is an effective, natural looking, long term solution to fill the gap left by a small number of missing teeth. We recommend a bridge when the surrounding teeth are healthy enough to support the replacement. Unlike dentures, a bridge is permanently attached so once in place, it will look and feel much like a natural tooth.
How do they work?
The bridge relies on the surrounding teeth being crowned to support the bridge. Your dentist will need to reduce the size of the teeth around the gap to create space for the crowns. The replacement tooth is fixed between the crowns and the structure is then fitted neatly over the existing teeth. This provides a strong, natural anchor for the bridge. Bridges are usually made from metal that has been covered with a thin ceramic layer for a natural appearance.
Fitting a bridge normally requires two visits; the first to prepare the teeth and take impressions of the area, and the second to fit the bridge into place.
How long will a bridge last?
A bridge has a long lifespan and will often last a lifetime. To ensure the maximum lifespan from a bridge, it is important to keep the area clean and healthy through brushing, flossing and regular dental checks.