Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth

To have a bridge made you will need to have several appointments. At the first appointment dentist will make the teeth that will support the bridge numb using local anaesthetic. The dentist will only do this if they need to prepare the surfaces of the teeth next to the gap. They will the use a soft mouldable material to take impressions of your mouth – These impressions will then be sent to a dental technician who will use plaster to make exact models of your teeth and how they bite together.

Once they have these models they can then begin to construct the bridge. Sometimes if the bridge is large or you don’t bite together correctly it may take a few appointments to try the bridge in and send it away again. Until it is correct. Once the dentist and the technician are happy with what has been constructed the dentist will then fix the bridge. This will be done using cement and in most cases does not require local anaesthetics.

The dentist will then arrange for you to see the hygienist so that they can explain and show you how to look after the bridge and maintain the oral hygiene in that area.

Request more Information

PDA23 Winner Patient Care_South West & Wales
PDA_23-HC-Referral Practice_South
PDA23 Winner Patient Care_South West & Wales
PDA_23-HC-Referral Practice_South

A Bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth

It can be attached in a number of ways:

  • It may be that the two teeth nearest on either side of the gap are prepared and then have crowns fixed to them with the missing teeth suspended in the middle.
  • Some bridges are stuck to the inside of the teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to a tooth on one side of the gap.

Bridges can be made out of different materials

Some of the more common are:

  • Porcelain bonded to precious metal.
  • Porcelain bonded to gold.
  • Porcelain alone.

Email us

For more information send us an email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact us

To speak to someone or to book an appointment:
Wimborne: 01202 889960
Dorchester: 01305 757570

Case Studies

Conventional bridge
Full mouth fixed bridge Before And After
Adhesive bridge
bridge resin retained

Dental Bridges FAQ’s

Why should I replace missing teeth?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that a gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth either side. A gap can also mean that your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gaps which causes both decay and gum disease.

What is an adhesive bridge?

An adhesive bridge is a bridge which consists of a dummy tooth attached to a titanium wing. This wing glues onto the adjacent tooth.

What are the advantages over traditional crown-retained bridges?

Only minimal preparation of the adjacent tooth is required. This is much healthier for the supporting tooth than removing a large amount of enamel and dentine in order to make a retaining crown. Adhesive bridges are also much less expensive than crown retained bridges.

What are the disadvantages of adhesive bridges?

Adhesive bridges can only be stuck onto unfilled teeth or teeth with very small fillings. If a tooth is heavily filled then a crown retained bridge will be required.

An adhesive bridge cannot be fitted where a large number of teeth are due to be replaced. Adhesive bridges do not last as long as crown retained bridges.

How long will the bridge last?

On average the bridge will last around eight years. It will typically need recementing once during this period.

Will the bridge feel normal?

The retaining wing will probably feel very ‘high’ for the first few days. After a week or two the teeth will move slightly so that your ‘bite’ feels normal again.

What our patients say?

“I am looking forward to receiving my new teeth and bridge today. I approached the prospect of implants with some trepidation because I thought it would be painful and difficult. Each treatment session has been virtually pain free and I experienced no problems afterwards. I would not hesitate to return if I needed another tooth Implant. Thank you for all your kindness to me throughout the course of treatment.”
Kind Regards Val
“Dear Sirs, I am writing to say how pleased I am with the recent implant surgery carried out by South Coast Dental. This is the third time I have had implant surgery, the first two having failed. The procedure carried out has given me six solid implants on which has been placed a titanium bar overdenture. This makes hygiene very practical and I am never aware that I have dentures. After fifteen years I am now able to eat and chew anything I wish even the hardest of foods. The difference to my daily living has been a total return to normality.”
Your faithfully, John

Where to find us?

South Coast Dental Specialists have two practices located in Wimborne & Dorchester, Dorset. We see patients from all over the south of England from Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and of course Dorset.

Wimborne south coast dental practice photo

South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist

Phone: 01202 889960
Address: 11 Merley Park Rd, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3DA


We are located only 4 minutes away from Wimborne town center At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oakley Hill/A349 Turn right onto Merley Park Rd your destination will be on the left.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train the nearest train station to us is Poole (5 miles away). There are taxis at the station or use the buses. Taxis will cost approx. £10-£15. You can catch the free Poole flyer from the train station to the bus station, please leave an extra hour if you are doing this.

If you are travelling by bus please click here to view more information of how to get to us.

We are located only 24 minutes away from Bournemouth town center. Via Gravel Hill/A349.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Poole town center. Follow Holes Bay Rd/A350 and A349 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley.

We are located only 26 minutes away from Christchurch town center. Follow B3073, Ham Ln and A31 to Merley Park Rd in Oakley

We are located only 48 minutes away from Southampton town center. Take A3024 to Mountbatten Way/A33.


Dorchester south coast dental practice photo

South Coast Implant & Cosmetic Dentist and Dental Learning Centre

Phone: 01305 757570
Address: Avenue House, S Walks Rd, Dorchester DT1 1DT


We are situated close to Dorchester town centre just off the B3144 in what was the large Conservative Club building.

If you are travelling by car we have ample car parking and disabled access.

If you are travelling by train there are two train stations in Dorchester – ‘Dorchester South’ which is only 0.2 miles away and ‘Dorchester West which is only 0.3 miles away.

If you are travelling by bus the closest bus stop is C1 on Trinity Street.

We are located only 16 minutes away from Weymouth town center. Follow A354, Weymouth Relief Rd and A354 to Weymouth Rd/B3147 in Dorchester.

We are located only 34 minutes away from Yeovil town center. Take Clarence St to Queensway/A30. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton

We are located only 1  hour and 39 minutes away from Wiltshire. Follow A360 to Salisbury Rd/A36 in Wilton.

We are located only 1  hour and 21 minutes away from Hampshire. Follow Bar End Rd/B3330 to A31.

Genuine Patient Reviews