What is a Bridge?

If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close – or bridge the gaps in your smile with something called “dental bridges”. A dental bridge is basically a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Pontics can be made from a variety of different materials however generally speaking they are made of porcelain in order to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth and give you a natural smile. The clinician will discuss the options with you and provide you with a detailed treatment plan, rest assured that the laboratory that Olive Tree Dental works closely with provides an excellent service so your bridge will be made from the best quality materials and craftmanship.

Why could 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:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Allowing you the ability to chew properly
  • Restoring your speech and pronunciation
  • Maintaining the features of your jaw and lower facial features
  • Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position as a form of preventive treatment
I’ve heard Dental Bridges are expensive what factors contribute to this and why can’t I be provided with a quote over the phone?

There are many variables that can affect the price of a Bridge including:

  • Number of teeth needed to fill the gap
  • Complexity / difficulty of the placement
  • The overall existing current condition of your oral health, other treatments may need to be considered prior to being able to have a Bridge in place, such as gum disease. You need to be deemed “fit for treatment”
  • Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin

Bridges at Olive Tree Dental generally start from £605 (per tooth) however a bespoke treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and if several treatments are needed you may have a more cost-effective package built for you. We also offer 10% off all treatments on our Olive Tree Membership plans and this also allows flexibility for our patients to spread payments over the course of the year. 0% finance options are also available for those who are eligible. Please enquire within.

What is the difference between a Bridge and a Crown?

Bridges work slightly differently as they have two crowns on either side and a bridge of replacement teeth that rest in the area of the gums where there is tooth loss. The crowns at the ends of a bridge can merge to existing teeth (which will be filed down appropriately by a dental clinician to fit accurately) or your dentist will attach them to dental implants.

Should I get Dental Bridge or a Dental Implant?

As these treatments can be costly it is excellent that there are many dental insurance plans that cover both treatments. At Olive Tree Dental we are recognised by various insurance plans including AXA and we also offer 0% finance options (depending on eligibility). A dental bridge may need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, depending on proper care, while implants are considered a more permanent solution. There are factors that can reduce the life of all types of bridges, including implants, such as dental hygiene and care. The diet you eat can also play a factor so it’s important to discuss any queries you may have ahead of time with your clinician and they will be happy to go through the options to ensure the best decision is made for your own treatment plan.

What exactly is an implant supported Bridge?

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 (false tooth) suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

This option is a strong & stable one however 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 couple of months to complete this procedure however this will all be discussed with you and a detailed treatment plan provided with guidance throughout the procedure until you are happy to go ahead with the procedure recommended.

In summary if you’re missing a tooth or a number of teeth, you have various replacement options to discuss with your dentist / clinician. There are many benefits to using dental bridges as well as factors such as time & cost to consider and at Olive Tree Dental we aim to keep our patients as informed as possible, so rest assured that we will help you make the right decision for you.

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