Bridges

A bridge remains a popular solution for replacing one or several adjacent missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.

Bridges are secured to the healthy natural teeth on either side of the space or to dental implants. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.

As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Our team can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Like a crown receiving a bridge will often involve at least two appointments with the Integrated Dental Care team. Firstly, the teeth on either side of the space are carefully prepared and a detailed impression mould is made. From this your bridge is finely crafted in a dental laboratory. At your next appointment it is tested for fit and comfort before being bonded securely into place.

A bridge remains a popular solution for replacing one or several adjacent missing teeth.