A bridge is one way of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. This is often done by putting crowns on the teeth either side of the gap and then joining the crowns by placing a false tooth in the space.
Two appointments are needed when having a bridge. At the first appointment we prepare the teeth, take impressions and fit a temporary bridge. We send the impressions to the laboratory for the bridge to be made by a dental technician. When you come back we remove the temporary bridge, check that the permanent bridge fits, make any minor adjustments if necessary and finally fix it in place.
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to metal, although they can be made entirely of porcelain. Fees vary according to materials and the size of the bridge. Please ask your dentist for more details.
For more information on bridges, click here to visit the British Dental Health Foundation website.