Dental Bridges in London

A conventional way to replace a missing tooth is by using a bridge. This approach passes the test of time and in some cases is still be the best way to restore a gap. We offer all-ceramic dental bridges as replacements for one or more missing teeth (a fixed dental prosthesis) which is an artificial tooth or bridge pontic (false tooth), bonded on the adjacent or abutment teeth during the procedure to literally bridge the gap presented.

Treatment Duration

2+ hours

Price

From £3,900

Team Experience

50+ years

Recovery Time

24 hours

Google Rating

★★★★★ (4.9)

Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

Clinically reviewed by: Dr Raul Costa

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    What are dental bridges?

    A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants and effectively bridge a tooth gap.

    Who is suitable for dental bridges?

    Dental bridges do involve the removal of a significant part of the anchoring teeth, therefore these days your dentist will rarely propose a bridge when the adjacent teeth are totally intact. However, when these teeth have already been crowned or have extensive fillings, a conventional bridge may become an option. Modern techniques involve much less tissue removal than in the past, making dental bridges a much less invasive option than before.

    They can be particularly helpful in cases where dental implants are not an easy option.

    Meet your award-winning Dental Bridges dentist and team…

    • We have over 75+ years of combined dentistry experience across our specialist team.
    • 10,000+ treatments performed and counting.
    • We are leaders in the dental industry – we regularly teach, lecture and publish our research work internationally.

    All-on-4,  Apicectomy,  Bleaching,  Bone Grafting,  Bridges,  Bruxism,  Ceramic Braces,  CM Team,  Corrective Braces,  Crowns,  Dentures,  Fillings,  Gum Correction,  Gum Disease,  Immediate Implants,  Implants,  Internal Bleaching,  Invisalign,  Lingual Braces,  Low Friction Braces,  Maryland Bridges,  Navigated Implants,  Oral Surgery,  Partial Inlays & Crowns,  Prosthodontics,  Retainers,  SS Team,  Treatment of Peri-Implantitis,  Veneers,  Zygomatic Implants

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    Dental Bridges costs

    Full ceramic dental bridge on teeth or implant

    Replacing three theeth in the front of your mouth
    £4,800

    Full ceramic dental bridge on teeth or implant

    Replacing three teeth in the back of your mouth
    £3,900

    Per additional pontic/missing tooth

    £500

    Per additional anchor tooth or implant

    £750

    Our Expertise

    If you are considering dental treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth within the mouth and creating a smile makeover, you are really looking for the perfect fit to deliver comfort and confidence in the look and feel of your teeth but also how they perform for you in daily life.

    Your team at Wimpole Street Dental Clinic here in the heart of Marylebone’s medical district in London appreciate this concern and so have invested time and resources in equipping our clinic with state-of-the-art dentistry technology dedicated to creating a bespoke all-ceramic dental bridge tailor-made to your exact measurements and colour match within this specialist field of dentistry.

    This level of attention to detail delivers a restorative solution offering long-term stability within the mouth, high durability, high biocompatibility, the fit you really need and of course the excellent aesthetic results you have both come to expect from us and so rightly deserve.

    Our highly skilled and friendly dentists are just an appointment away to answer all of your questions and explain a prospective treatment plan.

    Dental Bridges Before & Afters

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    Find out more about our patients, their treatment and why they chose Wimpole Street Dental Clinic.

    Helen Li​

    Wimpole Street Dental has the highest most ethical standard of work, personable approach, clear and safe procedures, top notch excellence and reliability in treatment provided with utmost professionalism from crème de la crème world class specialists all under one roof.

    What happens during treatment?

    After consultation, if you agree to receive a dental bridge, your dentist will use photos, a 3D X-ray and a digital scan of your teeth to prepare to proceed with our computer-guided implant operation for you.

    Rest assured you will receive appropriate anaesthesia. We conduct precise preparation of your neighbouring teeth to ensure that the bridge we produce offers you the perfect fit.

    An intraoral scanner, one of the tools available in-house from our state-of-the-art technology portfolio is used to take an impression of your teeth.

    Your dentist places a temporary plastic dental bridge over the prepared teeth whilst the all-ceramic (permanent) version is developed.

    One of our dental technicians will use the teeth impression to create the all-ceramic bridge to the exact colour specification you require for your ultimate comfort and confidence.

    Your plastic dental bridge is removed, your teeth or dental implant is cleaned and a high-performing adhesive dental cement is applied to secure your bespoke all-ceramic dental bridge.

    Post-treatment, your dentist will advise you on all the aftercare information and advice plus tips on good oral hygiene you may need to look after your bridges.

    dental bridges specialist prosthodontics Christian Mehl

    What does a bridge look like?

    We offer all-ceramic bridges designed to provide you with a perfect match to the look and feel of your natural dentition. Rest assured that we can deliver a ceramic dental bridge which looks almost indistinguishable from your existing teeth.

    How does a bridge work?

    Our ceramic bridges close the gap with two dental crowns or caps on either side of the missing tooth with an artificial or false tooth (bridge pontic) present in the middle bonded in place using adhesive dental cement. A bridge can be used for filling gaps in front teeth, which is sometimes a more affordable alternative to something like dental implants. If you’ve suffered trauma or damage to your front teeth and are pursuing restorative treatment, speak to your dentist about whether a dental bridge is suitable for your situation.

    How long does a bridge take to fit?

    Our bridge procedure will usually take at least two visits to our clinic here in London – one for consultation and preparation and the second for fitting. Your dentist will be best placed to advise you on how long it may take exactly to adjust to your bridge. As an estimate, allow for a couple of weeks to be deemed settling in time after your procedure.

    Are dental bridges safe?

    A dental bridge is just a dental prosthesis made from a ceramic material, metal alloy or combination of the two which has been precisely prepared, fitted and so attached by way of dental adhesive cement with anchor support provided by the good oral health of the neighbouring teeth. Our all-ceramic dental bridges offer high levels of biocompatibility in that it works well with living tissue. Should you have any concerns regarding the safety of the use of dental bridges, please consult with a member of our team.

    How long does a bridge last?

    A well-made dental or fixed bridge can go problem-free for several decades.

    How do you fix a loose bridge at home?

    Please allow your dentist the opportunity to both evaluate your loose bridge in clinic then recommend the best course of action for you by booking an appointment with us at our dental practice as soon as possible.

    Dental Hygiene

    How do you clean a dental bridge?

    Your oral hygiene regime is vital to the ongoing care of your bridge as it is for your natural teeth. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and remove any plaque which accumulates.

    What kind of metal is used in dental bridges?

    We offer ceramic bridges (using dental porcelain for example) as we believe they offer our patients the best possible functional and aesthetic results providing long-term stability, precise fit, high durability and high biocompatibility. Other common materials used to produce bridges include non-precious metal alloys or gold plus you can consider a combination product – a metal-ceramic option is also possible. It is increasingly common for zirconia to be used to manufacture a dental bridge due to its strong and durable properties. Zirconia bridges can last for a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Ask your dentist about what materials are available to you and their benefits at your initial consultation.

    When thinking about your preferred material for your bridge procedure, it may be prudent to consider the benefits it will provide to your ongoing oral health and well-being.

    Veneers

    Are dental bridges strong?

    The strength of your bridge lies in the material used to produce it, the precise tailor-made fit, which is achieved by your dental care team, use of adhesive dental cement to bond it into place in addition to the support offered by the neighbouring healthy teeth, affected gums and portion of the jaw.

    Your dentist will be able to assess your own individual case as presented during your appointment.

    Should I get a dental bridge or implant?

    The choice between a dental implant or bridges can depend on your individual case but is also greatly affected by how many missing teeth you are seeking to replace.

    A dental implant can restore a single missing tooth most effectively but it is a surgical procedure whereas a dental bridge or dental prosthesis can be tailor-made to close the gap present in your smile caused by up to four missing teeth. Your dentist will be able to explain the difference between dental implants and bridges.

    Why does my dental bridge hurt?

    Common reasons for discomfort include a loose fit of the bridge, the development of tooth decay under it, a dental abscess developing or the onset or progression of gum disease which means that the neighbouring teeth can no longer offer the same level of support to it. If you are experiencing significant discomfort post-treatment, please contact us to book an appointment at our dental practice.

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