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Bridges are a highly effective and long-term solution to missing teeth.

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Bridge treatment is both affordable and effective, and is a tried and trusted way to replace missing teeth.

For a form of dental treatment that is so common in Ireland and elsewhere, you might very well respond that you don’t know anybody who’s had bridgework carried out.

The fact of the matter is that unless they’ve chosen to share the fact that they’ve had treatment, you’re unlikely to spot it – unless you happen to be a dentist!

It’s a very natural looking treatment that’s deliberately designed to fit in with your other teeth, so it’s genuinely difficult to spot the difference.

But let’s start at the beginning and examine the key features of bridge treatment. The bridge is not actually not made by your dentist – although he’ll eventually fit it. But it’s actually made in a laboratory by a qualified dental technician.

As to how it’s used, just think of a situation where there is a tooth missing but a normal crown treatment won’t work as there’s nothing to attach the crown to.

The solution, of course, is that you build a bridge which spans the two neighbouring teeth, thus providing a type of structure that can accommodate the fitting of a crown.

It’s a very successful treatment for replacing a missing tooth, and can overcome difficulties such as problems chewing or eating.

How do bridges work?

Getting into the more technical aspects of how bridges work, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are the ones which provide much of the structural support – they’re known as the ‘abutment teeth’.

The new tooth that’s affixed via the bridge is known as the pontic tooth, which is a reference to the Latin word for bridge.

Use of a bridge has a number of important benefits – not just the cosmetic ability to restore your smile. It can also remove that hollow-cheeked look that you sometimes get with a missing tooth, while it also restores your full ability to chew and eat at will.

And one further benefit that’s often overlooked is that teeth which were previously straight and healthy may move out of place if the neighbouring tooth is missing.

Is there more than one type of bridge?

No two patients have exactly the same requirements, so there are a number of different types of bridges you’re your dentist can choose from.

  • Traditional. By far the most common type of bridge that you’ll encounter, it normally made of ceramics, with the occasional porcelain model to be found. Your dentist makes a dental crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, and this allows for a long lasting and secure bridge to secure the replacement tooth.
  • Cantilever. This is another form of bridge that is relatively common, and is a very successful alternative to the traditional bridge in treating the problem of a missing tooth.
  • Maryland. The Maryland sounds a tad complex, as it involves a type of scaffold which the dentist uses to fix the replacement pontic tooth to the neighbouring abutment teeth.

Why not spread the cost?

If you don’t like the thought of writing a single cheque, why not opt instead to spread the cost over a number of months with our’ 0% Dental Finance plan.

It’s a really clever way of getting the treatment you want right away, but spreading the cost over a number of months to make it that much more affordable.