Toothache for Xmas ? No need to worry – we are open throughout the Xmas break.

Our Smales Farm (Takapuna) and Eastridge (Eastern Bays) practices are open from 9am – 4pm daily. We are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. We are back to normal hours on the 9th of January. If you need to book an emergency or urgent appointment you can call Smales Farm on 094109971 or Eastridge on 095212021 or book online. We ask for your patience over this busy period and we will endeavour to get you sorted as quickly as possible. Merry Xmas and a happy new year from the team at Tooth Co.

The Tooth Company Auckland


Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an option for replacing a missing tooth. A dental bridge is commonly compared with dental implants when replacing a missing tooth.

 A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth usually anchored off the teeth either side of a gap, bridges can also be anchored off dental implants.

There are three common types of dental bridges :

1.Fixed – Fixed Bridge

This is the most common bridge and also the most successful dental bridge. The teeth either side of the gap are crowned and fused together with a crown in the gap. This is a good option if the teeth either side of the gap require crowning, however if the teeth either side of the gap are untouched then it may be better to consider a dental implant.

Fixed Bridge
Fixed Bridge

2.Cantilever Bridge

This dental bridge is similar to a fixed fixed bridge however with a cantilever bridge as the name suggests – there is only one anchoring tooth. This works well in cases where the false tooth (Pontic) is not receiving a great deal of force ie. The premolar region. These cases need to be chosen carefully to prevent fracture.

Cantilever Bridge
Cantilever Bridge

3. Maryland Bridge

Used only for front teeth this bridge has a false tooth (Pontic) with two little wings of metal or ceramic that glue/bond to the teeth either side of the gap. This option works well in younger patients and in cases where the teeth either side of the space are untouched.

Maryland Bridge
Maryland Bridge

How long do dental bridges last for ?

Most research suggests the average life span for a dental bridge can be between 20-30 years.

How much do dental bridges cost ?

The cost is dependent on the type of bridge used.
3 Unit Fixed Fixed Bridge $5100
2 Unit Cantilever Bridge $2200
Maryland Bridge $2800

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