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What is a Dental Bridge?

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Dental Bridging is a dental treatment to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth, whereby an artificial tooth is fixed permanently to adjoining teeth which are crowned.  It is a similar procedure as doing a crown. The adjoining teeth are prepared to receive crowns.


Types of Dental Bridge

Traditional fixed bridge

The most common type of bridge, including two or more crowns and a false or filler tooth (pontic).


Cantilever bridge

Less commonly used, this type of bride is implemented when the missing tooth abuts next to a tooth only on one side and is attached to just one crown. It should not be placed in the back of the mouth because it can put too much force on other teeth, potentially causing damage.


Dental Bridge Process

First Visit:

Preparing the abutment teeth

 The first dental appointment involves preparing the abutment teeth forthe crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Some of the enamel (the outside layer of the teeth) will be removed so that there is room for the crown to be placed over them.

Impression of teeth

Using a soft putty-like material that the patient bites into, an impression of the teeth will be taken by leaving an indentation of the exact outline of the teeth. Next, a plaster-like material is poured into the impressions to make a model of the teeth—in which the bridge will be made in a dental lab. A temporary bridge will be placed over the abutment teeth to protect them until the permanent crown is constructed by the dental lab.

Second Visit:

Fitting of permanent crowns

During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed, and the permanent crowns will be checked for proper fitting. The permanent bridges will then be cemented in place using a strong, permanent type of cement. Your dentist will check the crowns to ensure that your bite is not too high and adjust it accordingly.


Dental Bridge Cost

This is a fee estimate & subject to change. Please check with your clinician for an exact fee based on your unique clinical condition.


Dental Bridge950-1500 per unit


Which is a better option to replace missing teeth – implants or a dental bridge?

Every patient is unique. Depending on individual cases, the dentist may suggest to do a bridge, denture or implants to replace missing teeth.

During the initial consultation, the dentist has to examine the gum health, amount of bone structure present and the condition of the adjacent teeth. Bridging normally involves 2 visits, after the initial consultation. On the first visit, the teeth adjacent to the gaps are prepared. If the teeth are not root canal treated, local anaesthetic is usually administered. Once the teeth have been sufficiently prepared, moulds of the teeth are taken and these are sent to a laboratory for fabrication. This stage typically takes one week for completion due to the exacting nature of the task. A temporary bridge is provided during this time.  On the second visit, the quality of the bridge is evaluated by the dentist. If it is deemed satisfactory, it is cemented into the patient’s mouth permanently.

Good oral hygiene is important or else, the bridge may lose its support if the adjoining tooth and gums are damaged by disease.

At Smilepoint Dental Centre, we will discuss all the options with the client before deciding on the treatment plan. For missing teeth, we will usually look at the bite, space remaining and cosmetic requirement before deciding on the treatment plan. The estimated cost required for the procedures will be discussed with the client before embarking on the treatment.


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