At Holland Park Dental Centre, our team of highly experienced prosthodontists can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with our 5-star rated dental bridge treatment.
A dental bridge is a false tooth (prosthetic) called a pontic that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, it can affect you in a number of ways. A dental bridge can address those changes, including:
- Bringing back your natural smile
- Restoring the ability to properly chew
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Restoring your speech and pronunciation
- Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
- Preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position
Types of Dental Bridges We Offer
At Holland Park Dental, we offer the following dental bridge treatments:
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth.
Although similar to a traditional bridge, the pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to only one abutment tooth. For a cantilever bridge, you only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap.
Similar to a traditional bridge, Maryland dental bridges employ two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. However, while a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth.
Like a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge can only be used when you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
As the name implies, implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
Considered the strongest and most stable system, an implant-supported bridge commonly requires two surgeries:
• One to embed the implants in the jawbone.
• A second surgery to place the bridge.
It can take a number of months for the procedure to be completely finished.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?
There are many variables that can affect the cost of dental bridges, including:
- Number of teeth needed to fill the gap.
- Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin
- Complexity/difficulty of the placement
- Additional treatments for other dental issues, such as gum disease
- Geographic location
If you would like to find out more about this type of dental treatment, we recommend you book a consultation with our Specialist Prosthodontist – Dr Aroob Essar.
Specialist Prosthodontic Consultation is £175.
Costs in our practice start from £1,095/per dental bridge unit.
Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants
Many dental insurance plans cover bridges, and many now cover implants as well. A dental bridge may need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, depending on proper care, while implants are considered a permanent solution. For more information, check out our dental implant treatment.
There are factors that can reduce the life of all types of bridges, including implants, such as dental hygiene.
Our Dental Bridge Specialists
Our highly skilled Prosthodontics specialist, Dr Aroob Essa Karjikar and our excellent cosmetic dentists, Dr Shan Lam and Dr Khilan Shah will be delighted to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
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