Looking to replace several missing teeth next to each other? A dental bridge can help to give you a great, natural looking smile.
Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. There are three main types of bridge:
1. A Conventional Bridge
Crowns are placed on the remaining teeth on either side of the gap and these are then joined together using a false tooth or false teeth.
2. An Adhesive/Maryland Bridge
This option requires little or no preparation of the neighbouring teeth as the false tooth or teeth are bonded to your existing teeth using small wings on the inside wall of the teeth.
3. Cantilever Bridge
This technique involves placing a crown on just one of the remaining teeth and the false tooth or teeth is then supported on just one side.
- Bridges can help to restore your smile, giving you the ability to properly chew and speak.
- Bridges can help to protect your remaining teeth by evenly distributing the forces in your bite
- Bridges can help to ensure that your remaining teeth do not drift out of position and cause discomfort.
When you have several missing teeth next to each other, a bridge can make all the difference, holding a small set of replacement teeth in place to give you a great, natural looking smile.
With our professional team to help, we can make all the difference.
How do bridges work?
A bridge works by anchoring a small set of false teeth to those either side of a gap. The false teeth are known as the ‘pontic’, while the existing teeth being used as anchor points are known as abutments. All bridges can be made in gold, ceramic of gold/ceramic combinations.
How can Smiles on Broadway help?
At Smiles on Broadway, we offer a range of treatments and bridge solutions – with each being used wherever most appropriate for our clients’ needs.
This technique involves preparing both teeth either side of the gap, converting them to ‘crowns’ which the false set can be fused on to. These solutions can last up to 15 years and are great for people who do not wish to undergo implant surgery. However, there is a lot of preparation work necessary to your existing teeth and you must maintain a very high level of dental hygiene after treatment.
This alternative procedure involves very little – sometimes no – preparation of the neighbouring teeth, with the pontic bonded to the abutments using small wings on the inside wall of the teeth. This method is often a cheaper alternative with less time required to create the bridge and is better for the long-term health of your neighbouring teeth. However, they often only last 5 years and are primarily suited to front teeth.
This technique involves capping just one of the neighbouring teeth, with the bridge bonded on just one side. Again, this approach is often cheaper and it also allows for easier cleaning after treatment has finished. However, the surrounding teeth can be sensitive after the procedure has been undertaken and less chewing load can be applied, making it unsuitable in some situations.
Whatever solution is best for you, our team will work with you to give you a great looking, natural smile that leaves you looking and feeling fantastic.
If you would like to find out more about our bridges services, simply contact our team – we’re always happy to help.