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Bridges

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.

Replacing missing teeth makes it easier to chew.  It can improve your appearance.  It is also helps keep your teeth, gums and jaws healthy.

Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth.  These gaps can cause chewing problems.  If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place.  This changes the way your teeth fit together (your bite).  A poor bite may make your jaw sore.  Your teeth may become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.  Shifting teeth may also affect your smile.

 

Resin Bonded Bridges & Conventional Bridges

A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth attached to the adjacent natural teeth.  The bridge is permanently fixed in place (unlike a denture) and only a dentist can remove it.  A bridge can be made of metal, tooth-coloured porcelain, or a combination of the two. We mainly use all-porcelain bridges.

There are two main types of bridges: conventional and resin bonded.  They are attached to the teeth in different ways.  A conventional bridge has replacement teeth that are attached to crowns.  The crowns are placed over the natural teeth on either side of the space to be filled.  A resin bonded bridge has replacement teeth that are attached to the back of nearby natural teeth using a “wing”.  This type of bridge may be the best option if the teeth next to the bridge are in good condition.

Bonded Bridge

Conventional Bridge

Advantages

  • Bridges restore your smile
  • They maintain the shape of your face
  • They distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • They prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease and help correct “bite” issues
  • Porcelain bridges look fantastic and are hard to tell apart from natural teeth

 

 

Before

Uneven teeth with gaps
This patient had discoloured, uneven teeth with gaps between them.

After

Restored with a conventional fixed-fixed bridge
This is the same person after their upper teeth were restored with a conventional fixed-fixed bridge.

 

FAQ

1. What is a bridge?
2. Why would I need a bridge?
3. The different options for filling in a gap
4. The different materials used to make bridges
5. How much will a bridge cost?
6. How long will a bridge last?
7. Replacing an existing bridge
8. What should I do after having a bridge fitted?