A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a popular treatment option for patients who want to restore their smile and improve their ability to chew and speak comfortably.
Compared with dentures, which are removable and can sometimes shift or slip out of place, a dental bridge is a more permanent solution that is anchored in place by your remaining natural teeth or dental implants. This provides a more stable and secure fit, allowing you to eat and speak with confidence.
In addition to their stability, dental bridges also offer several other advantages over dentures. They are generally more comfortable and natural-looking, as they are custom-made to match the shape, size, and colour of your natural teeth. They also require less maintenance than dentures, as they do not need to be removed for cleaning and do not require special adhesives or cleaning solutions.
Another advantage of dental bridges is that they help to prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may shift into the empty space, causing bite problems and potentially leading to further dental issues. By filling the gap with a bridge, you can help to maintain the alignment of your teeth and prevent these issues from occurring.
If you are considering getting a dental bridge, it is important to talk to your dentist about your options. Your dentist can help you determine whether a bridge is the right choice for your specific needs and can answer any questions you may have about the process of getting a bridge. With proper care and maintenance, a dental bridge can provide you with many years of comfortable and natural-looking teeth replacement.
Conventional (fixed) bridge
Adhesive (sticky) bridge
There are two main types of dental bridges: conventional bridges and resin-bonded bridges.
Conventional bridges, also known as fixed bridges, are the most common type of bridge. They are made up of one or more pontics (false teeth) that are held in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns are placed over the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap, which are called abutment teeth. Conventional bridges are usually made of porcelain material, which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth for a natural-looking appearance.
Resin-bonded bridges, also known as Maryland bridges or adhesive bridges, are a more conservative type of bridge. They are typically used to replace missing front teeth and require minimal preparation of the surrounding teeth. A resin-bonded bridge consists of a pontic which is attached to a metal or porcelain wing on one side. The wing is bonded to the back of an adjacent natural tooth using a special adhesive. Resin-bonded bridges are typically made of porcelain material and can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth for a natural-looking appearance.
Both conventional bridges and resin-bonded bridges have their advantages and disadvantages. Conventional bridges are more stable and durable, as they are held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto the abutment teeth. However, they require more preparation of the surrounding teeth and are not suitable for all patients. Resin-bonded bridges are less invasive and can be a good option for patients who have a healthy tooth on either side of the gap. However, they are not as strong as conventional bridges and may need to be replaced more frequently.
Yes you can. Here at Bespoke Dental, we can give you a bridge which allows you to smile with confidence.
We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.