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A bridge is a false tooth or teeth which is suspended between, and supported by, crowns on either side of a gap in your normal teeth. Like an individual crown, a bridge is fitted and “cemented” (glued) in place. Unlike a denture, a bridge is not loose, and does not have to be taken out.

Bridges have numerous functions, including:

  • Build up worn-down teeth, which can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
  • Provide more efficient function in chewing and biting.
  • Provide a more natural feeling, without the bulk of a partial denture.
  • Fill an empty tooth space, to prevent the teeth on either side (or above or below) from growing into the space.
  • Prevent the decay, gum infection and jaw bone-loss that are commonly associated with food wedging between your teeth.
  • Provide a cheaper alternative to implants, avoiding the need for surgery.

Bridges are most commonly made of a metal framework (for strength), which is then coated and hidden by aesthetically-pleasing porcelain so it blends with your natural teeth. These are constructed in a highly-sophisticated dental laboratory, so the process usually requires two appointments.