What is a bridge?
A bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace a missing tooth and sits on the tooth/teeth next to it. It cannot be removed by patients.
What is the Cost?
A bridge is fixed onto 1 or 2 teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. If you have more than 1 missing tooth, it may be necessary to fix the bridge with more teeth adjacent to the gap.
A bridge is priced by the number of units that it contains. For example, to replace 1 tooth, it may be necessary to use 1 tooth adjacent to the missing tooth or 2 teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Thus either a 2 unit or a 3 unit bridge. Each tooth as part of the bridge is termed a ‘unit’. The price per unit depends on the quality and type of material you desire. These can range from metal, porcelain backed with metal, or Zirconia (metal-free). At Synergy Dental, we provide a range of different materials for the bridge units which vary from aesthetic result, strength and longevity. Please see table below for the different types of qualities or ‘unit’ types.
METAL BRIDGE (£190 per Unit)
BRONZE QUALITY (£350 per Unit)
SILVER QUALITY (£450 per Unit)
GOLD QUALITY (£550 per unit)
ZIRCONIA QUALITY (£650 per unit)
What are the different types of bridges available?
There are a 3 main types of bridges that are commonly available:
- Fixed/Fixed – Where 2 teeth hold in the bridge on either side for extra stability
- Cantalever – Where only 1 tooth holds in the bridge
- Maryland – where the bridge simply sticks on the tooth next door
The above is just a simple guide.
How is it made?
A bridge is made by preparing teeth on either side similar to a crown. Impressions are taken and sent to the laboratory. At the next appointment, the bridge is fitted.
What materials is the bridge made from?
Again this is similar to the materials used in making a crown.
I have a gap, can I have a bridge?
A full case assessment needs to be undertaken by your dentist to ensure you can qualify for a bridge. Bridges require enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.
How long will my bridge last?
Again, if due care is taken, bridges are shown to have a very successful life. Follow your dentist’s advice and instructions for best results.