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Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made out of three pieces that fit into the open space between teeth, “bridging” the gap.

Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (or false tooth), held together by two crowns (a “cap” that covers the tooth, approximating its normal size and shape). This combination is then attached (cemented) to the abutment teeth (the surrounding teeth on each side of the gap).


Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and a dental technician make exact plaster models of your upper and lower teeth and gums which show how your teeth bite together. The teeth that will support the bridge are prepared to take the fixings and to make sure that the bridge is not too bulky.

Another impression is taken of the teeth and any gaps and the dental technician uses this to make the bridge. A plastic temporary bridge or temporary crown may be fitted while it is being custom made.

At the final visit, your dentist will check that the bridge fits and make any adjustments that may be necessary and then fix it permanently in place. You will be then shown by your dentist the best way of keeping your new bridge clean.


A bridge let you almost forget that you have missing teeth and can improve the way you look, bite, chew and even speak. The bridge can last many years if kept clean and no damages occur.

The teeth can be matched to the colour of your own teeth and natural teeth are protected from wear and tear and tilting out of line which could cause your teeth to bite together incorrectly.
If you have some teeth taken out, a denture might be first made and a bridge fitted at a later stage when the gum is healed.

Cleaning Procedure

How you clean will depend on where the bridge is in the mouth and its design. As well as normal brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at each end of the bridge, you need to keep the bridge clean underneath.

Floss with a threader or a special floss with a stiff end which you can poke underneath the bridge and pull through or bottle brushes. Regular hygienist visits are also valuable in keeping your bridge clean.