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Aug
07

Bridgework is a very common form of dental treatment, and you may well have friends or family members who have had this treatment in the past.

But unless they’ve told you about it, it’s highly unlikely that you will have spotted it, as it’s very difficult to spot by anyone except your dentist!

The first thing to say by way of explanation is that the bridge is not actually made by your dentist. He will fit it, certainly, but it will actually be made by a dental technician in a laboratory.

If you have a tooth missing, it’s obviously impossible to use a normal form crown treatment – as there’s nothing to attach a crown to. And that’s where the bridge comes in. It spans the neighbouring two teeth, and provides the structure than can accommodate a crown.

It’s a very simple and commonplace procedure, and solves those problems that arise when you’ve lost a tooth – anything from the cosmetic elements to having difficulty in chewing or eating.

So how does a bridge work?

The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are known as the ‘abutment teeth’ and the new, replacement tooth is called a pontic. Pons, as you may remember from your school days, is the Latin for bridge.

Apart from making your smile look so much better and helping you to chew, bridge treatment can also help you avoid that hollow-cheeked look which sometimes arises after tooth loss, and which can make you look older than your actual age.

Another good reason for considering a bridge is that a missing tooth can potentially allow other teeth to move out of place – something which can bring its own problems down the line.

What sort of dental bridges can I opt for? 

There are three types of bridges that your dentist will recommend, depending on your personal circumstances:

 

 

  • Traditional. This is the type of bridge that you’re most likely to come across. Usually, it’s made from ceramics, but it can also be made from porcelain which is fused to metal. Your dentist makes a dental crown for the teeth to the side of the missing tooth, which allows for a robust and secure bridge.
  • Cantilever. This form of bridge is also quite common, and is a successful way to solve the problem of a missing tooth.
  • Maryland. The Maryland bridge involves a kind of ‘scaffold’ which is used to fix the pontic tooth to the abutment teeth.

No need to pay for it all at once

If you’d prefer to pay for the treatment over a number of months rather than write out a lump sum cheque, that’s no problem with our 0% Dental Finance plan. Click here to see dental bridge costs.

It’s a great way of having the treatment you need right away – and paying for it in a more affordable way.