Bridges - before and after

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are often recommended if you have damaged or lost one or more teeth. Placing a false tooth in-between the natural teeth and then securing it with two or more crowns cemented on to the supporting teeth (also referred to as abutments) can bridge the gap(s). The crowns are normally made from porcelain, metal or ceramic. Both porcelain and ceramic crowns can be colour matched to complement your natural tooth colour. In cases where there are only teeth available on one side of a gap, a cantilever bridge may be used. This procedure can also be used in areas of the mouth, i.e. front teeth, which are under less pressure.

If you have one or more missing teeth, the gaps left can begin to displace the alignment of the remaining teeth, which may affect your speech and result in you having a poor bite. Bridges and crowns can help to avert this and strengthen and improve the overall appearance and shape of your teeth.