A bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth by spanning a gap. They usually consist of a false tooth set between two crowns, which are then fixed to the teeth either side of a gap (the abutment teeth) or they can be held in place with dental implants. They can offer a more workable and durable alternative to removable dentures.
- Natural-looking – they can be produced from realistic tooth-coloured materials
- Firmly fixed – they are cemented to existing teeth
- Eating is made easier – they help to correctly distribute the forces in your bite
- Remaining teeth kept in place – they prevent them from moving out of position
- Easy to get used to
- Traditional bridges– these are the most commonly used type of bridges with a false tooth located between two crowns. They can either be made from porcelain fused to metal or be all-ceramic.
- Cantilever bridges– these are used when there are existing teeth on only one side of a gap and are generally only suitable for areas of your mouth that experience less stress, such as your front teeth.
- Resin-bonded (Maryland Bridges)– this features a false tooth fused to metal or ceramic wings that are fixed to supporting teeth.