When replacing missing teeth, there are a number of options available. This includes dentures, dental implants and dental bridges. A dental bridge is a tooth-shaped, fixed-dental-appliance which connects the teeth either side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Whilst dental implants are fast becoming the gold standard to replace missing teeth, dental bridges can be utilised where implants cannot physically be placed. If there is not enough bone, for example, or when a patient has a medical condition which makes implant treatment the wrong choice.
Bridges are also less costly than implants and can be used as a temporary measure if implants are to be considered in the future.
TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGES
There are two broad categories of dental bridges:
These types of bridges are much preferred today due to the fact they are less invasive and destructive to the adjacent teeth. Very little, if any, adjustment of the adjacent tooth is required.
The prosthetic tooth which bridges the gap has a metallic wing attached to it. This wing has a specially coated surface which will help create a stronger bond once cemented to the tooth adjacent to the empty space.
The advent of dental implants has rendered conventional bridges less popular as this type of bridge requires the teeth on either side of the gap to be adjusted quite heavily. Once these teeth have been adjusted, the bridge then seats on those teeth either side of the space, therein closing the gap.
Do I need to fill the gap if I have a missing tooth?
Not always, but quite often missing teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to over-erupt and drift, this can make the teeth tip, lead to oral hygiene and bite problems. Whilst this will be monitored with regular check-ups with your dentist, the risks of not replacing a missing of tooth should be considered when weighing up a replacement.
Is an Implant better than a bridge?
Implants are the gold standard for the replacement of missing teeth, but bridges remain a useful alternative for patients who cannot have implants for medical, financial or personal reasons. Bridges are also used as a temporary measure whilst an implant is healing.
Dental Bridges pricing
Dental bridge £650 per unit
(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount (excluding laboratory fee) and we do offer 0% finance on treatments over £1000 to help spread the cost).