A Dental Bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Dental Bridgework consists of dental crowns either side of the gap bonded to a porcelain tooth which is fixed into the gap. This is constructed so that it joins seamlessly onto the crowns to give the appearance that the tooth is present. It is an ideal treatment choice if the teeth either side of the missing tooth are heavily restored or already crowned.
Professor Tipton has extensive experience of resolving tooth loss with various bridgework techniques, whether it be for one tooth or multiple teeth and has written a series of 15 articles for Private Dentistry magazine on all of the latest techniques which you can download here.
A bridge can also be used to replace several missing teeth using dental implants.
Am I suitable for a bridge?
A bridge is used to conceal a missing tooth or missing teeth. In some instances, a bridge can be supported by one tooth. However, for optimum results in most cases it is ideal to have a supporting tooth either side of the gap.
How is a bridge made?
The teeth either side of the missing tooth are prepared which will allow for the crowns to be placed over the top like a cap. An impression is taken and sent to our laboratory where our highly skilled technicians will make the bridge.
Whilst the bridge is being constructed, a provisional bridge can be fitted to temporarily conceal the gap. The final bridge will be cemented onto the teeth either side of the gap and the tooth attached will sit in the gap.
When the final bridge is ready it will be cemented in place and it is not removable. Our team will show you how to care for our bridge to ensure you get the best long term results from it.
Before & after images
This lady was unhappy about her front bridge. She thought it looked too yellow, not natural and too short, giving a flat smile. A new bridge was made with larger more natural teeth to give a beautiful smile.
A dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Dental Bridgework consists of dental crowns either side of the gap bonded to a porcelain tooth which is fixed into the gap.