Restorative » Bridges
- Besides having dental implants, there are two main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge.
- A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base, with porcelain placed over the metal to match the shade and shape of the teeth beside the gap.
There are a number of types or design of bridge, but broadly speaking they fall into 2 categories:
- Conventional bridges.
- Good cosmetics
- Require extensive preparation (removal of enamel) from adjacent supporting teeth
Adhesive bridges. Compared to conventional bridges these:
- require less preparation and so are kinder to adjacent teeth
- typically cost less
- rely completely on the adhesive used to bond them in, so they are not as robust (average lifespan 7-10 years compared to 15+ years)
- have good cosmetics, but not as good as conventional bridges.