Bridges are crowns bonded together to fill a gap left by a missing tooth.

It is important to fill gaps left by a missing tooth for more than just appearance. There could be a greater strain on the teeth either side of the gap. Teeth also like to move, so with a gap, the teeth either side may lean into the gap, altering the way you bite together. If this happens food can get trapped in the gap leading to decay and gum disease.

There are a number of factors which have to be considered before placing a bridge. These include how many teeth are missing, where abouts in your mouth the gaps are and the condition of your remaining teeth and gums. A bridge is usually placed if there are fewer teeth to replace, the missing teeth are only on one side of your mouth and if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support to be able to support the bridge.

Bridges are made in the same way as crowns are made and from the same materials. As bridges are basically several crowns bonded together the cost can seem quite expensive but if looked after properly they can last for many years.

You need to clean the bridge everyday including underneath the false tooth. There are special flosses and bridge needles that can be used for this as a normal toothbrush will not reach.