Bridges

Tooth loss doesn't have to mean losing your smile.

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Bridge the gap.

At Colosseum, we understand that you might lose your confidence a little if you’ve lost a tooth. With a bridge, this can be replaced and a new tooth is fitted to ‘bridge the gap’ between the remaining teeth.

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.

To start the process of having a bridge created for your teeth, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth. These make a model of your mouth, showing how your teeth fit together, which can be used to design your bridge.

Get in contact with your local dentist practice to find out what options are open to you.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. It is usually fitted to the teeth either side of the gap and can be made to look natural, alongside your own teeth.
What are bridges for?
A bridge will replace your missing teeth and support the teeth on either side of the gap. Having a bridge is important, not just for the look of your teeth. Over time gaps in your teeth can cause problems with your bite and an increased risk of gum disease.
When do I need a bridge?
A bridge is usually used where you have lost one or more teeth at the front or back of the mouth and there are other teeth next to them to support a bridge. They can also be considered if you have several implants and bridges are used to support these.
Does a bridge look natural?
Yes, a bridge is designed to look like your natural teeth. Your dentist will record the colour and finish of your teeth next to the bridge and it is made to match these. Modern porcelains are very lifelike and long lasting.
How long does a dental bridge last?
A bridge can last many years if it is well looked after. You should look after your bridge as you would your teeth. Brush and floss as normal, using a special brush or floss to reach under the bridge if needed. Your dentist can show you the techniques that you need to take care of your bridge and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
What about dental implants?
Implants can also be an option when you have lost a tooth. Implants don’t need to be attached to the teeth next to them, making them popular if the teeth on either side of your gap are in good condition. You can discuss dental implants with your dentist when you speak to them about your bridge to find out what is right for your teeth.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
We have a range of payment options available to help you spread the cost of your dental work, including having a bridge made and fitted. Contact your local dental practice to find out more.
Is getting a dental bridge painful?
Your dentist will need to prepare and shape the teeth on either side of the gap for the bridge. Don’t worry, this is painless as it is completed under local anaesthetic. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth which will be sent away to make a bridge which fits your mouth precisely. Whilst this is happening you will have something temporary fitted.

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