Similar to dental crowns, a dental bridge consists of multiple artificial teeth, with a dental crown on each end, to restore one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a restoration procedure that helps to bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth — usually as a result of damage or decay.
This typically involves a combination of dental crowns and implants to help replace the missing teeth.
The advantage of dental bridges is that they can be tailored to suit the individual’s needs. The final cost therefore varies considerably, depending on the number of teeth to be bridged, the materials used, the type of dental bridge and the number of follow up visits required.
As a rough estimate, in Singapore a bridge for one tooth can cost between $600 and $2000. For more information about our prices, you may wish to refer to our comprehensive price list here.
Dental bridges are a permanent solution to missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance they can last for 10 – 15 years.
Fixed dental bridges cannot be removed as they are bonded into place. Removable solutions for missing teeth are more commonly referred to as dentures.
Bridging is a common procedure requiring at least two or three visits. With a traditional dental bridge, a local anaesthetic is administered so that a portion of the enamel can be removed from the teeth on either side of the gap. This allows crowns to be fitted over the remaining enamel, to act as anchors for the dental bridge.
Your dentist will also take an impression of the teeth which will be used by a lab to create the dental bridge. You may be given a temporary dental bridge to protect your gums whilst the permanent bridge is being made. During your next few visits your permanent dental bridge will be fitted, adjusted and cemented into place.
Dental bridges can be made from porcelain, metal, a mixture of porcelain and metal, or zirconia.
There are four types of dental bridges:
With a Maryland dental bridge, the bridge is attached to the back of the surrounding teeth using a wire framework and resin. The advantage of a Maryland dental bridge is that no enamel needs to be removed from healthy teeth. The disadvantage is that the wire frame is not as durable as a crown.