Porcelain Bridges

Porcelain bridges are a fantastic solution for missing teeth. A bridge contains an artificial tooth or teeth that are supported on either side by a porcelain crown. These crowns are attached to the surrounding teeth, creating a "bridge" over the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth.

How do dental bridges work?

Dental bridges are comprised of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap which act as anchors for the false tooth/teeth that will fill the gap. Once your dental bridge is in place, it should be virtually imperceptible. The anchoring teeth are often referred to as abutment teeth and the false teeth are often called pontics.


What are the false teeth made from?

The pontics can be made from a number of different materials including metal alloys, gold or porcelain, depending on what cosmetic finish you want to achieve. If you choose porcelain, they can be color-matched to your existing teeth so that they look completely natural.

Types of dental bridges

There are three main varieties of dental bridges, and the type your dentist recommends will vary depending on where in your mouth the missing teeth are located.

Traditional bridges

A traditional bridge is the most commonly recommended treatment for missing teeth. It involves creating crowns to go on the teeth on either side of the gap which acts as anchors for the pontic that will sit in-between them. Traditional bridges are usually made from porcelain that has been fused to ceramic or metal.

Resin bonded bridges

Also sometimes referred to as a Maryland bonded bridge, this type of bridge can be created from a variety of materials including porcelain fused to metal, complete porcelain or sometimes plastic teeth and gums that are supported by a porcelain or metal framework. The wings found on each side of the bridge, usually made from metal or porcelain, are securely bonded to your natural teeth.

Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges are used when there are only existing teeth that can be used as anchors on one side of the gap. In the past there have been problems with cantilever bridges being used in the back of the mouth as they were found to exert too much pressure on the anchor tooth, causing damage and even breakages.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

There are a number of benefits of having a dental bridge. They can:

  • Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting position.

  • Help you bite and/or chew properly.

  • Correct your bite.

  • Properly align your jaw.

  • Maintain the shape of your face.

  • Give you a great smile.

What happens during the procedure to get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge will require at least two visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth.

After giving you a local anesthetic, he/she will prepare the abutment teeth by filing away some of the enamel in order to make your tooth small enough for the crown to sit over it, hiding it completely. Then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth which will be used as a guide for the dental lab that will be making your crowns, pontic and bridge so that it is a perfect fit. Finally, the abutment teeth and gap will be covered with a temporary bridge to protect them while the final bridge is being created.

When your bridge is ready you will be invited back in to see the dentist who will remove your temporary cover and fit your final bridge. This may require multiple visits in order to ensure that the cover and fit is absolutely perfect. Before your bridge is cemented in place permanently, your dentist may suggest a ‘trial run’. This is where they are implanted with a temporary adhesive to check that they are completely comfortable before securing them in place with permanent cement.

Looking after your dental bridge

With proper care and attention, your dental bridge could last as long as twenty years. You should continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. As well as try to avoid particularly chewy foods or cuts of meat as these will put additional strain on your bridge.

How much can I expect a dental bridge to cost?

The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the number of pontics and false teeth that are required. The more you need, the greater the cost will be. We recommend that you speak to your dentist for an accurate quote for your dental bridge treatment.

You may find that some or all of the cost will be covered by your dental insurance, so you should check this with your insurer before booking your treatment.


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