If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a bridge to fill the gap. This will help to restore the aesthetic look of your smile, as well as your bite.

What is a bridge?

A dental bridge is a tool made to bridge the gap created by one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.

A bridge is created using two or more crowns on either side of the missing tooth gap.

These replacement crowns are also known as abutment teeth, then a false tooth (made from gold, alloys or porcelain) is situated in between these anchoring teeth.

Bridges are custom-made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth, in order to restore both the functionality and the aesthetic quality of your smile.

How does it work and what is the procedure like?

During the initial visit to the dentist, the abutment teeth will be prepared by removing some enamel in order to reshape these teeth and allow room for the crown to be placed on top.

After this, we will take impressions of the teeth to be used as a model for the dental lab when manufacturing the crowns.

We will fit you with a temporary bridge while this is being made, in order to protect your exposed teeth and gums.

When your new porcelain or metal bridge has been finished, you will return to the practice to have it fitted.

We may then fit dental crowns to these neighbouring teeth to provide additional support for your bridge.

Once we are satisfied that the anchor teeth are strong enough, we will cement the bridge to the crowns in order to hold it in place.

Alternatively, we also offer implant-retained bridges. This type of bridge is supported by a dental implant affixed to your jaw bone.

Implant-retained bridges provide a higher degree of stability and strength compared to traditional alternatives.

Why do people choose to have bridges?

  • Bridges can help restore your smile and target personal issues e.g. lack of confidence in your smile
  • They can restore your ability to properly chew food and help if you have speech issues
  • They help to maintain the structure and shape of your face
  • Can target issues of an uneven bite
  • They will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position if you have a missing tooth
  • With proper oral hygiene, professional cleanings, and regular dental check-ups, a dental bridge can last several years

What next?

At The Gentle Dental, we have a qualified team of experienced dentists ready to serve you, whatever your cosmetic or general dentistry needs.

If you have missing teeth, call 020 8224 7562 to book a consultation and discuss your replacement options with one of our friendly, professional dentists.

For more information regarding this treatment

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