Bridges are usually used where one or two teeth are missing, or where missing teeth are on one side of the mouth. As well as replacing the missing tooth, bridges secure the remaining teeth to prevent them drifting out of position. This can cause bite problems and discomfort over time.

Basic bridges are made of metal. For a more natural look, the metal is covered in a thin layer of porcelain which gives a tooth-like look to the bridge. Another option is to have the bridge hand-made by a skilled dental technician using only porcelain. This creates a bridge that is closest to the look of a real tooth.

How Do I Look After My Bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use special floss under the bridge as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.