Sometimes if you are missing teeth and there's a gap, the dentist may discuss the option of a bridge with you.

The conventional bridge

The conventional bridge is often used when the teeth on either side would also benefit from a crown. 

A conventional cantilever bridge

Is when 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.

The benefits of a conventional bridge :

  •  It is a fixed replacement tooth that you don’t need to keep taking out. It can prove relatively stable.
  • Cheaper than an implant or other fixed option.
  • Can provide strength to the surrounding teeth included in the bridge if they are in a position to benefit from crowning.

The disadvantage of a conventional bridge:

  • 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.
  • Requires preparation, and removal of tooth tissue to accomodate on the surrounding (abutment) tooth.
  • Not as strong for long spans of multiple teeth.
  • More expensive than dentures.

Resin-bonded Bridges or Maryland 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, are held in place by “wings” that are glued to the backs of the teeth on either side.
  • These bridges require are not as strong as conventional bridges under high load.
Bridges Price
Bonded/Sticky/Maryland Bridge £625 per unit.
Porcelain Bonded Bridge £625 per unit.
* a unit is each tooth involved in the bridge.

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