A traditional tooth-supported bridge is created by joining two crowns to a false tooth called a ‘pontic’, and cementing the crowns onto prepared adjacent teeth. Traditionally, bridges are made from porcelain with a metal substructure for strength, but they can be all-metal. We don’t generally recommend all-ceramic bridges because of lack of strength and poor long-term results.

The process of having a bridge fitted takes up to a month. First, the adjacent teeth are ground down, and any existing fillings are generally removed to check for decay underneath. A mold is then taken of the prepared teeth and a temporary bridge placed. Once the metal part of the bridge has been constructed in the laboratory, a try-in appointment is scheduled to check the fit. The porcelain is then added and the bridge is cemented in the mouth.

A tooth-supported bridge will help restore biting strength, prevent movement of teeth and improve the aesthetics of the mouth. It will usually last ten to fifteen years, but again, it depends on how well you look after it.