Bridges from £800*
*Please note that the fees for bridges vary depending on the complexity of each case
A missing tooth creates a problem for your dental health because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes tooth decay and gum disease.
There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth (or teeth) - called a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. The third way is by the use of dental ‘implants'. A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth by fixing the replacement to the natural teeth at each side of the gap.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
There are many advantages of having a bridge made:
A bridge can improve the way you look, bite, chew, and speak
The teeth can be matched to the colour of your own teeth
A bridge can last many years if you keep it clean and if there is no accidental damage
Natural teeth are protected from wear and tear, and from moving or tilting out of line which could cause your teeth to bite together incorrectly.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.