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You won't believe the difference a dental bridge can make to a damaged smile. Here’s why.

Like any other experts in our field, we sometimes fall foul of a very common trap – starting to talk about things and assuming that everybody knows what they mean. With that in mind, we resolved to do a series of blogs that go back to the very basics and spell out what the treatment involves,

We’re starting the series with the humble dental bridge, a form of treatment that’s been around for generations, but is still doing a perfectly brilliant job for patients right around the world.

As a general rule, your dentist may recommend a bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth. The reason your dentist is so keen to fill in the gap is that it will eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift into the spaces left empty. This can lead to all sorts of problems. Some of these are functional – such as a bad bite – while some of them are more aesthetic. Nobody likes to flash a smile that has major gaps in it.


In extreme cases, the imbalance that those gaps can lead to gum disease – and a condition called temporomandibular joint disorders. We won’t go into too much detail right now, but trust us when we say that this is not something you want in your life!


As to how bridges work in practice, they simple span the gap where the teeth are missing. They are cemented to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap (or to implants, if you have some in place). The existing teeth or implants are known as abutments, and they serve as the anchor points that will support the bridge structure.


Once the bridge is in place, a fabricated tooth – known as a pontic – is put in place. You will normally have a choice of different materials for your bridge, and this is usually decided based in the position of the missing tooth/teeth, along with any cosmetic considerations. If you choose porcelain or ceramic bridges, they can be matched to the colour of your remaining teeth, so they look very natural and are hard to spot as ‘imposters’.


Apart from their aesthetic benefits, dental bridges also restore the full range of functionality to your teeth, so you can eat any of your favourite foods as usual, safe in the knowledge that you can trust your bridges fully and completely.


And if you think that this degree of dental restoration would cost you an arm and a leg, you'd be very wrong. The fact of the matter is that today’s dental bridge cost has dropped very significantly in recent times, as a result of a much more streamlined approach in the modern dental surgery.


And if you need significant amounts of work don, don't forget to ask about our 0% Dental Finance Plan, which lets you spread the cost of your treatment. If you'd like to read a little bit more on this topic, may we recommend the following article –