Dental crowns Crowns are made in a laboratory after impressions are taken of your prepared tooth.

The crown fits over the whole surface of your tooth thus protecting the underlying tooth structure from breakages and fracture.

Crowns are suggested when not much tooth substance is left, or if the tooth has been previously root treated.

Your dentists will discuss your different options as there are different materials that the crowns can be made of.
a dental bridge A bridge is where two crowns are joined together with a false tooth to close a space. The abutments of the bridge are held by the teeth on either side of the gap.

The bridge is made in a laboratory after impressions have been taken of the two prepared teeth on either side of the gap.

Your dentist will discuss
  • All your options for closing the gap
  • The risks (if any) associated with each option
  • The cost of all the options


What are dental bridges


A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.

A bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth (dummy tooth) in the space. This is all made in a dental laboratory and then cemented into place with special glue/cement. The bridge cannot be removed for cleaning. The hygienist will show you how to clean around it and under the dummy tooth. Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth with very little drilling involved. This is sometimes called a Maryland bridge. It’s a very conservative option but it can de-bond more easily than a conventional bridge.


Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?


In many people, it can take up to 6 months for the gums and bone to shrink after an extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture for 6 months before the bridge is prepared and fitted.


Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?


Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone levels around the teeth that will be holding the bridge.


What are bridges made of?


Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to metal. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain. Your dentist will advise on the best system to use.


What will a dental bridge cost?


Costs will vary according to the number of teeth on the bridge, and the materials the bridge is made of.


How do I look after my bridge?


You need to clean around and underneath the dummy teeth part of the bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use interdental brushes and Superfloss to do this.