A bridge is one of the fixed solutions for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. This can either be traditional, which requires the preparation of adjacent teeth, or adhesive, which is less invasive.


Here is how they function:


Often, bridges have a precious metal basis, which gives them a sturdy framework and makes them durable. If you need a bridge in the area of your smile, porcelain is typically put to the foundation to make it appear more natural.


A bridge facilitates chewing and eating because it is fixed and cannot be removed.


If you are missing numerous adjacent teeth, some bridges can also be secured to your jaw using dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dental Bridge?

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre we prepare dental bridges for patients to fill the gap that remains when a tooth is extracted or missing. An artificial tooth is used to bridge the gap and is attached to the teeth either side of the gap. Bridges can be made from materials such as metal, porcelain, gold or a combination of these.

What are the different types of Bridges?

Fixed Bridge:

This is an artificial tooth attached to crowns. The artificial teeth fill the space where the missing tooth was. The retainers which are bonded onto the teeth on each side of the gap have the artificial tooth attached to it. Dental bridges are permanently fixed and unlike an acrylic or chrome cobalt denture cannot be removed.


Maryland/Bonded Bridges:

Maryland bridges are generally used to replace a missing front tooth. The artificial tooth has one or two metal wings which are bonded onto the back of the teeth either side of the gap where they cannot be seen. Maryland bridges can be used in cases where there is minimal pressure on the bite. The supporting teeth must be strong. One of the key benefits of a Maryland bridge is that there is minimal tooth preparation however a disadvantage is that Maryland bridges can debond particularly with a strong bite.


Cantilever Bridge:

This dental bridge has only one crown to support the artificial tooth.

Am I Suitable for a Dental Bridge?

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic we assess patients for suitability for dental bridgework when they have a missing tooth or gap in the mouth. You must have a natural tooth present so that the bridge can attach to it and your oral hygiene must be excellent. Sometimes it is possible to replace a removable denture with a permanently fixed bridge.

What is the procedure for getting a Dental Bridge?

A local anaesthetic is administered. Tooth structure is removed from a neighbouring tooth or teeth to accomodate the thickness of the retainining crown. A dental impression is taken of your teeth. Your dental bridge will be made by our award-winning ceramist within 2 weeks. A temporary bridge or a partial acrylic denture can be used to fill the space until your next visit to Smile Hub Dental Clinic in North Dublin.

At your next visit 2 weeks later your temporary bridge will be removed. The permanent dental bridge will be tried in and checked to ensure it’s bite and natural appearance is suitable. Your permanent bridge will then be cemented to your supporting teeth either side of the gap.

What are the advantages of Dental Bridgework?

  • Your natural smile will be restored
  • You will be able to chew and speak as normal
  • Teeth either side of the missing tooth cannot drift, tilt or over-erupt into the space of the lost tooth
  • Your biting forces are more evenly distributed within the mouth and head
  • The shape of your face is maintained as the bridgework will support your cheek or mouth muscles

How much does a dental bridge cost?

The cost of a dental bridge depends on the type and amound of material required. Some teeth may also require root canal treatments or post and cores. The quality of the aesthetic finish on your bridge will also be a factor that will determine the cost of your dental bridge.


Every dental bridge case is different so please book a consultation at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre. Our dental clinic is a 5 minute drive from the Donaghmede Shopping Centre. One of our highly skilled dentists will discuss your individualised treatment plan with all associated costs and the number of  required visits.

How can I maintain my Dental Bridge long-term?

The life-span of your dental bridge will depend on excellent oral hygiene and attending for regular dental check-ups. Studies have indicated that most dental bridges can last approximately 10 years in patients who maintain excellent oral hygiene.

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