What is a bridge?
When you have a missing tooth, a bridge may be used to replace it. A bridge is a restoration that is fixed to the adjacent teeth ‘bridging’ the gap caused by the missing tooth and also helps to keep the other adjoining teeth from moving.
When will I need a bridge?
A bridge is used where a fixed option is needed. They are non-removable so you don’t need to take them out to clean them. They behave like natural teeth and have an excellent appearance.
Bridges are used to restore appearance after losing teeth, giving you back biting power and also to keep your remaining teeth from moving in to the space.
It is important that the teeth on one or both sides of the gap where the bridge will be fitted are in good condition and strong enough to support the bridge. An alternative to the bridge that does not rely on adjoining teeth might be an implant.
Is a bridge removable?
No, a bridge is fixed to the teeth either side of the space. It does not come out.
How much does a bridge cost?
The cost of a bridge will depend on how may teeth are missing and how many restorations are being used. Your dentist will discuss the best options for you and give you a tailored cost.