Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a dental restoration that involves a combination of dental crowns and pontic (artificial tooth) to replace one or more missing teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

This is the most popular type of dental bridge.

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has 2 strong, natural teeth on each side of the lost tooth

How it works

  • Your abutment teeth (teeth beside the lost tooth which will be supporting the bridge) will be prepped to receive crowns: teeth enamel is removed
  • A bridge consisting of 2 crowns and a pontic will be put in place
Pros
  • Strong enough to replace molars
  • Lightweight, able to chew comfortably
  • Can last a long time if good oral hygiene is maintained
Cons
  • Requires tooth enamel to be removed, compromising protection

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has either 1 strong natural tooth or 1 implant beside the lost tooth

How it works

  • Same process as traditional bridges but instead of having 2 crowns, there is only 1 crown
Pros
  • Lightweight, able to chew comfortably
Cons
  • Requires tooth enamel to be removed, compromising protection
  • Reduced support compared to traditional bridge

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has strong, natural front teeth adjoined to the lost tooth
  • A temporary fix for a healing dental implant or
  • While waiting for adulthood before installing an implant

How it works

  • The pontic may be made of porcelain or resin with comparable gum material
  • Metal wings will be attached to the pontic on both sides
  • The metal wings will be bonded to your adjoining teeth on both sides
Pros
  • Minimal contouring is required to the abutment teeth
  • Cost-effective
  • Efficient
Cons
  • Metal wings may cast a shadow on the natural tooth/dislodge

This is similar to the previous types, except that the bridges are supported by dental implants instead of crowns.

Suitable when

  • You have 1 or more missing teeth

How it works

  • An implant can be installed for every missing tooth or every other missing tooth, depending on how many there are
  • The bridge is then supported by implants
Pros
  • No damage to adjoining natural teeth
  • Suitable for people with metal allergies
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Implant failures may occur
  • Surgery is required

This is the most popular type of dental bridge.

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has 2 strong, natural teeth on each side of the lost tooth

How it works

  • Your abutment teeth (teeth beside the lost tooth which will be supporting the bridge) will be prepped to receive crowns: teeth enamel is removed
  • A bridge consisting of 2 crowns and a pontic will be put in place
Pros
  • Strong enough to replace molars
  • Lightweight, able to chew comfortably
  • Can last a long time if good oral hygiene is maintained
Cons
  • Requires tooth enamel to be removed, compromising protection

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has either 1 strong natural tooth or 1 implant beside the lost tooth

How it works

  • Same process as traditional bridges but instead of having 2 crowns, there is only 1 crown
Pros
  • Lightweight, able to chew comfortably
Cons
  • Requires tooth enamel to be removed, compromising protection
  • Reduced support compared to traditional bridge

Suitable for

  • Anyone who has strong, natural front teeth adjoined to the lost tooth
  • A temporary fix for a healing dental implant or
  • While waiting for adulthood before installing an implant

How it works

  • The pontic may be made of porcelain or resin with comparable gum material
  • Metal wings will be attached to the pontic on both sides
  • The metal wings will be bonded to your adjoining teeth on both sides
Pros
  • Minimal contouring is required to the abutment teeth
  • Cost-effective
  • Efficient
Cons
  • Metal wings may cast a shadow on the natural tooth/dislodge

This is similar to the previous types, except that the bridges are supported by dental implants instead of crowns.

Suitable when

  • You have 1 or more missing teeth

How it works

  • An implant can be installed for every missing tooth or every other missing tooth, depending on how many there are
  • The bridge is then supported by implants
Pros
  • No damage to adjoining natural teeth
  • Suitable for people with metal allergies
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Implant failures may occur
  • Surgery is required

What Is the Difference Between Dental Implants and Bridges?

  • Dental Implants

    Does not put strain on other teeth
    Can be used to replace more than one missing tooth
    Requires minimal maintenance; considered a permanent solution
    Requires surgery
    Takes longer: 3 - 4 visits
    Requires strong jaw bone for higher success rate
    Costs more
  • Dental Bridges

    Removes enamel from natural teeth, compromising protection
    Requires healthy, natural adjacent teeth for support
    May need to be replaced every 10 - 15 years
    Does not require surgery
    Can be done within 2 - 3 visits
    Less painful if you have severe damage or jaw bone loss
    Costs less

Dental Bridging Procedure

  • Anaesthetic Injection Applied

    For vital teeth, your gums will first be numbed with local anaesthetic in order to minimise any pain or discomfort.

  • Shaping of Tooth

    Your tooth will then be shaped to precise proportions and an impression of it is taken.

  • Creation of Crown

    Thereafter, your crown is fabricated based on your natural tooth shape.

FAQs

A dental bridge is a treatment for replacing missing teeth, in the presence of healthy supporting teeth.

If you are experiencing any of these dental concerns, you should consult your dentist for the most suitable treatment.

The number of dental visits will depend on the technology used at the dental clinic. A conventional treatment would require 2 – 3 visits and this excludes the initial consultation.

Dental bridges typically cost $749 to $1,391 per tooth (inclusive of GST).

5 – 20 years.

After any dental procedure, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene.

In the case where you fail to do so, it may lead to

  • Gum infection
  • Tooth decay

Also, if the bridge does not fit perfectly, it may break or crack which will cause infection and painful sores.

Therefore, an experienced dental clinic should be consulted for the procedure.

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