Click To Call: (07) 5579 9333


Dental Bridges Explained

Dental bridges can be used for patients who are looking to replace missing teeth. Find out if a bridge is the right solution for you, different types of bridges, the treatment steps, and dental bridge costs.

Dental Bridges or Fixed Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is made by using two or more teeth as supporting pillars (known as abutments) by covering them with crowns that are used to hold a fake tooth (known as a pontic) in the gap. The crowns on the abutment teeth and the fake tooth are all joined together in one piece. Occasionally if many adjacent teeth are missing, dental implant fixtures may be used as the abutments.

full porcelain dental bridge
3-Unit Full Porcelain Dental Bridge


When do I need a bridge?

There are a number of reasons why you might benefit from a dental bridge:

  • You are missing one or two teeth next to each other.
  • You have health issues that prevent the use of dental implants.
  • You desire a long-lasting solution that feels more natural than removable dentures.


Cost of Bridges

Traditional 3 Unit Bridge
(replacing 1 missing tooth using 2 supporting teeth)
Full porcelain bridge: from $2,4005 business days2
Cantilever Bridge
(replacing 1 missing tooth with 1 supporting tooth)
Full porcelain bridge: from $1,3005 business days2
Maryland Bridge
(replacing 1 missing tooth with one or two supporting wings)
Depending on supporting wings: from $1,100
(price varies based on choice of material for wings)
5 business days2

View our packages and pricing page for more information about our other services and to get a quote. Book your consultation online or get in touch with us today to arrange an appointment.


There are several different types of bridges that can be used to replace a missing tooth. Your dentist will discuss the most appropriate option for your case. Three of the common options are:

  • Fixed, traditional bridge:A fixed bridge involves making a crown for each abutment either side of the gap and a pontic (fake tooth) in the middle. The bridge (the crowns and the pontic) are all joined together as one big piece. These are the most common type of bridges.
3 Unit Traditional Fixed Bridge Gets Placed on Prepared Teeth
3 Unit Traditional Fixed Bridge Gets Placed on 2 Prepared Teeth
  • Cantilever Fixed Bridge: This type of bridge is used in certain, specific cases where a traditional bridge is not possible. Instead of two supports/abutments, a cantilever bridge is only anchored by one abutment. This treatment is considered more conservative as only one tooth needs to be prepared for the procedure. However, this method provides less structural support and can be damaged or displaced more easily.
Cantilever bridge placed on prepared tooth
Cantilever Fixed Bridge Placed on Prepared Tooth
  • Maryland Bridge (or resin bonded bridge): In this case the pontic (fake tooth) is held in place by metal or porcelain wings rather than full crowns. The wings are bonded to the teeth with specialised dental material (called resin). Maryland bridges are often used as temporary measures but may be used as long-term treatments in certain cases.
Fixed Maryland Bridge with Metal Wings
Maryland Bridge with Metal Wings


Different bridge materials are used in different situations, which your dentist will discuss with you. Here are two of the material options:

  • Full porcelain bridge: These types of bridges are the most popular and modern. Full porcelain bridges match the appearance of natural teeth more closely than any other type of bridge. The most popular, modern materials are bridges made from zirconia or lithium di-silicate (the most popular is IPS e.max).
  • Porcelain fused to metal bridges: A porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM or VMK) bridge consists of a metal-alloy bases which are partially or fully covered by porcelain. This bridge type is not as popular due to the advancement of modern dental materials.

The White Bite primarily uses bridges made from zirconia or lithium di-silicate (like IPS e.max) due to their superior performance and longevity.


As a dental bridge is connected to the two anchor teeth, you will be unable to floss between your dental bridge like your natural teeth. Instead you will require inter-dental brushes (they look like toothpicks with bristles) to clean around the abutments.

interdental brush
Inter-dental Brushes to Clean Dental Bridge



To get you started with treatment, please fill in our online evaluation form, book a consultation appointment online or contact our friendly team today to arrange an appointment.


Make an Enquiry


If you’d like to reclaim your smile simply fill out our online assessment form to get things started today! We’ll contact you to organise an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.

Complete our online assessment form

Sign up to our Newsletter


Interested in looking after your smile? Discover ways to look after your mouth and teeth, as well as happy patient’s photos, and updates to our dental services, packages and specials.

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @the_white_bite

Get Your Free Guide
Get Your Free Guide
Get Your Free Guide
Get Your Free Guide
Get Your Free Guide
Contact Us