What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges can replace missing teeth without surgery. And with porcelain finishes available, your new tooth could be almost indistinguishable from the natural teeth surrounding it.
Having a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your smile and make day to day activities such as eating and talking easier. Replacing a missing tooth can also help protect your remaining teeth. When you have gaps, remaining teeth may lean over or move into the space, affecting the way you bite. Food can also get trapped in spaces, increasing your risk of tooth decay.
Dental bridges are an investment in your confidence, quality of life and oral health.
Contact your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice to find out more about bridges. Our dental care experts will be happy to discuss your options with you.
What are the alternatives to dental bridges?
There are several ways to replace missing teeth. It’s important to explore all the options and discuss them with your dentist. Alternatives to bridges include:
- Full or partial dentures (false teeth) – Removable plastic or metal frameworks that have false teeth attached
- Dental implants – An imitation porcelain tooth (a crown)fitted on top of a titanium implant that is fixed directly into your jawbone
Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you. Dentures and bridges are only offered on the NHS if it is considered to be clinically necessary to replace teeth, but dental implants are usually only available privately.
Bupa Dental Care provides dental bridges on the NHS and privately. Contact your local practice to discuss your options.
How much do dental bridges cost?
Dental bridges cost more than dentures but are typically more comfortable. Bridges are also an investment in your oral health, as replacing missing teeth in this way can help preserve the health of your remaining natural teeth.
Bridges are available from Bupa Dental Care dentists on an NHS, Bupa Dental Essentials, and private basis, depending on your needs. Exact costs vary, but are typically in the £100’s, depending on where the bridge is placed and which materials the bridge is made of. Our Bupa Dental Care staff will discuss your options with you and give you an exact price before beginning treatment.