A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.

It consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) that is attached to the teeth on either side.

This can be in the form of a crown on either side with an artificial tooth in between (conventional bridge) or an artificial tooth with wings (Maryland bridge) that are cemented to the teeth on either side. An x-ray of the anchor teeth will be taken to assess if they are strong enough to hold the artificial tooth. As with crowns, an accurate impression is made which is taken to a laboratory where the bridge is made according to the dentist’s instructions.

Approximately 2-3 weeks later the newly made bridge is cemented in place. Bridges should last for many years but as with natural teeth they require good dental hygiene.

Regular flossing with super floss is essential together with regular dental check ups are advised.