Sometimes if you are missing teeth and there is a small gap in the mouth the dentist may discuss the option of a bridge with you.
There are two main types of bridges.
The conventional Bridge
The conventional bridge is often used when the teeth on either side would also benefit from a crown. Sometimes just one tooth is needed to be prepared into the crown, usually a back tooth that is larger as this can offer more support for the replacement tooth in the bridge.This is then called a conventional cantilever bridge.
The benefits of a conventional bridge is that it is a fixed replacement tooth that you don’t need to keep taking out. It can prove relatively stable.The significant disadvantage is that the replacement tooth is bonded onto the tooth or teeth next to it, and should anything bad happen to either tooth , the fates of the teeth on either side are also tied to it.
Resin bonded Bridges
Resin bonded bridges are bridges that can be placed with attachments to teeth that need little to no preparation with the drill. These bridges instead of being held in place by “crown” like abutments as in the case of the conventional
bridge, are held in place by “wings” that are glued to the backs of the teeth on either side. These resin bonded bridges are often best saved for front teeth in situations where the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy. The advantages include them being more cost effective, and more conservative than a conventional bridge. The disadvantage of the resin bonded bridge however is that it does not fare well at the back of the mouth where it undergoes a lot of stress from chewing. In circumstances like this the bridges can be prone to de-bonding.
|Resin Bonded (Sticky bridge)||£350 per unit.
£250 per wing.
|Porcelain Bonded Bridge||£350 per unit.|