Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges,…….. a solution for replacing missing teeth. Using modern techniques and materials, we can offer least invasive forms of dental bridges at Bayswater Dental Clinic in west of London.

We offer top aesthetic dental bridges to replace missing front teeth.

We offer all ceramic bridges with high strength and durability.

Where possible, it is an alternative to implants or dentures.

We offer 1-3 years 0% finance to help with the cost.

One of the oldest techniques available for replacing missing teeth is the option of .Dental bridges. Over the years, with advances made in Dental materials and techniques, many different types of bridges have been developed. The most common type of bridges offered can be categorised into 3 types.

Fixed-Fixed conventional bridges

This type of bridge uses the teeth on either side of a gap, known as abutment teeth, to replace the missing tooth or teeth in between them. The abutment teeth are covered by crowns which are fused to the false tooth replacing the missing tooth in between the abutment. Can replace one or more missing teeth. This type of bridge is permanently cemented to the abutments and hence the term fixed – fixed bridge.

Advantages:

  • can last long, 7-10 years or more
  • more durable than some alternatives
  • less likely to come off to compare with some other types

Disadvantages:

  • may need drilling on both abutment teeth
  • de-bonding of one abutment can damage the other abutment
  • need good dexterity for keeping good oral hygiene with them cost

Fixed-Movable Bridges

This type of bridge is based on the same principal as fixed-fixed bridges. However at one end of the bridge there is a mechanism of a “dove tail, male and female device” that is added to the bridge. This allows some flexibility and movement of the abutment teeth.

The advantage of this type is that it is less likely for one abutment to debone and this type usually has a better longevity than fixed-fixed bridges where abutment teeth have no movement and are locked together with the bridge.

The Disadvantage is the higher cost of this type of bridge.

Fixed-Cantilever bridge

In this type of bridge only one tooth on the side of a gap is used which act as the abutment of the bridge. So one crown is cemented to the abutment tooth and one false tooth is fused to that crown, making the total length of the bridge 2 units. The abutment tooth is usually a big tooth that supports a smaller sized tooth in front of it. This bridge is therefore is fixed on one side and the false tooth replacing the missing tooth is cantilevered off it.

Advantages:

  • less drilling of teeth and thus more conservative option
  • cost effective
  • easier to keep good oral hygiene with them

Disadvantages:

  • still need drilling on one abutment tooth
  • not always possible to do as strong abutment tooth is needed

Adhesive bridges; the most conservative form of bridge

This type of bridge was developed when substantial advances were made in dental cements. In this type of bridge, also known as Maryland bridge (as first it was thought of and was designed in Maryland of the USA), a metal wing is used that supports a false tooth. The wing is then cemented on the back of an abutment tooth next to the gap.

Advantages:

  • no drilling or very minimal drilling of the abutment tooth
  • cost effective

Disadvantages:

  • higher de-bonding rate as they only rely on the cement strength.

Alternative options to Dental Bridges

The alternative options to bridge for replacing missing teeth can be either removable prosthesis, other wise known as dentures or false teeth, or implants.

Dental Bridges Cost

As preparation of the teeth for Dental bridges is a difficult and very skilled procedure and in addition highly experienced dental technicians are needed to make the bridge in the lab, Dental bridges can usually be costly. In addition the type of materials used for the bridge can greatly influence their cost, similar to Dental crowns.

At Bayswater Dental Clinic, all of our fees for bridges are published. However as a guide, they are from £500 / unit of the bridge. In our clinic we offer 1-3 years 0% finance to assist our patients with the cost of their dentistry.