Everything you should know
about dental bridges
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of at least 3 artificial teeth (for a single tooth they are called crowns or caps). Dental bridges are used to hide the missing teeth in your smile.
The pillars of the bridge are your existing teeth on each side of the missing one(s). There is a fake tooth in the middle. These false teeth can have a metal or a metal-free frame, but in both cases they will be covered in white porcelain. A dental bridge helps you with chewing, speaking and also prevents the remaining teeth from moving away.
When and why do I need a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are recommended to replace missing teeth. Losing a tooth can result in chewing difficulties, speaking problems and later on it can even change the structure of your face.
Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants as well, but in case of not having the satisfactory bone quality or if you simply do not want to have an implant, dental bridge can be a quicker and more cost effective way to restore your smile.
What are the pros and cons of a dental bridge?
Having a dental bridge can save time and money. Getting used to your new dental bridge is usually easy and comfortable. The main disadvantage, compared to dental implants, is that your own teeth will be filed down, even if they are still healthy. If a healthy tooth is treated, it cannot be restored to its original state.
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Thoroughly recommend Vital Europe..read moreGabriele Nadin12:27 07 Mar 20I went to Vital Europe London for a consultation after being told by my own dentist that I needed an implant due to a... broken crown. After a thorough examination in their central London surgery it was found that I had quite bad infections which had never been addressed by my own dentist, except to prescribe antibiotics every now and again when they flared up. Like a lot of patients I decided to have my treatment in Budapest, and the dentist I saw in London did most of the work, apart from extractions and root canal treatment, in the Budapest Clinic. Everything is spotlessly clean and the equipment is state of the art, better than in many surgeries here. Following the successful completion of the dental work, I unfortunately broke one of my new crowns within 6 months, and this was replaced free of charge in Budapest. Of course this necessitated an unscheduled visit, but it was still much cheaper than having it done in London. A note of caution: Guarantees are ONLY valid when work is done in Budapest, repairs done in London are charged. All the staff in both London and Budapest are very helpful and friendly, and if you are at all nervous they will put you at your ease. They look after you very well, and if you need any advice they respond quickly. I was very happy with the treatment I received, and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Budapest is a great city, and all senior EU citizens, and that includes us until the end of 2020, have free travel on all public transport, including the airport bus.read moreMac McDonald14:50 10 Feb 20A couple of years ago, I had a couple of bridges collapse. I checked prices to have the work done in the UK and was... appalled at how much it cost. I started doing some research and rang Vital Europe to find out more about them. After the initial consultation, I decided to get the work done by them in Budapest and never looked back. I'm a nervous patient and they took this into consideration. The quality of the dental work is superb and it cost far, far less than it would've done in England. The equipment is state of the art and the Dentists are caring and extremely professional. I couldn't have had a better experience! Terry "Mac" McDonaldread moreMARK Baker21:21 15 Jan 20My own dentist recommended an implant to a front tooth as the crown was over 40 years old, apparently a bridge would... not be successful. I went to VitalEurope for a consultation and they stated a bridge would be successful and after an in-depth X-ray, recommended several renewal crowns and root canal treatment, which my dentist had missed. I went to Budapest and had the treatments recommended for about a third of the UK cost. They arranged accommodation and I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the city as well during treatments. All the dentists are UK registered and speak fluent English and the dental equipment is state of the art. I would highly recommend them.read moreGrant Gillatt20:25 13 Jan 20I made two visits to Budapest for quite a lot of treatment including a number of root canal treatments, and then... replacements for a lot of my teeth. It certainly wasn't pleasant, but was made as comfortable as possible. The result - six months later - is excellent. My teeth are not an issue anymore. The whole operation is very professional, and you know you'll get expert treatment, which is not always the case in the UK. We stayed in the Vital Europe apartments for both our visits and enjoyed that very much (especially on the days when there was no treatment). My wife was able to use the very good wifi to work for much of the time. We're quite keen to go back to Budapest, this time for a holiday.read moreBen Beaumont11:07 11 Jan 20I can very much recommend Vital Europe. After ongoing problems with my NHS dentist, I was treated quickly and... efficiently here and have continued to return. From abscess, crown, bridges and fillings, I can recommend the professional and supportive treatment. And great value for money too! ;-)read moreJo Bird12:10 08 Jan 20I was nervous about going to Budapest and having a whole mouth of Porcelain veneers done, but I can honestly say I'm so... glad that i went ahead with it and with Vital Europe. Professional service, high quality equipment and dentistry. Also the trip to Budapest was lovely, hassle free and I'm really pleased with my new teeth... only wish i had done it years ago! The value for money compared to the UK is excellent. Kay Bird Londonread moreKatie Pierce Jones12:32 17 Dec 19The whole experience has been second to none from consultation to completion of my dental treatment. The staff are all... extremely professional and friendly. I went to Budapest and the appointments were all booked easily, hassle-free. I had 8 crowns at the top front and it has completely transformed my smile. I never know they could look so good! They look perfectly natural too. I am so pleased. The only regret I have is not having had it done years ago! Cant recommend them enough!read moreEkaterina Barkova18:05 16 Dec 19I've been the clinic patient for a while now and recommended it previously to a few of my friends. Their stuff is... knowledgable, friendly, professional and helpful. London clinic is situated centrally so it's easy to get to, it's always very clean and well equipped. Vital Europe offers a wide range of dental services from a simple filling to implants, so it's good to be able to complete the treatment in one place. They always offer Budapest option as well, in case one needs to do series of treatments and able to travel so can get it done at a more affordable rate.read morePaul Musgrave13:44 06 Dec 19I was recommended to try Vital Europe by a friend and was not disappointed. From assessment in London to treatment in... Budapest, the service was very professional and without problems, using high tech equipment and materials. The price was very reasonable for what was done (3 implants and a late addition replacement filling) and it is always a bonus to visit Budapest! Some may be put off by the tendency for staff to speak to each other in Hungarian while one is in the chair but it didn’t bother me; it is their native language! They speak very good English to patients.read moreCheryl Baden-powell11:47 04 Dec 19Whether you are visiting their London or Budapest Clinic, you will find friendly, helpful and professional staff. The... dentistry is pain-free and exceptional, and their aftercare is excellent. They make visiting the dentist a pleasant, worry-free experience at an affordable price. I highly recommend Vital Europe.read moreRalph Weller09:03 04 Dec 19Vital Europe is professional, inexpensive and a convenient and efficient service that has been the best dental service... I have experienced. The staff are knowledgeable, attentive and a pleasure to deal with. The clinics in London and Budapest are well appointed with the latest hi-tech equipment and easy and convenient to access. I would have no hesitation in recommending Vital Europe to anyone.read moreColin Bartram11:08 14 Nov 19I was very impressed by the quality of equipment and the detailed assessment provided at the London clinic. I opted for... a much greater level of work than I originally intended as the price was no higher than what I had been quoted by a local consultant for a lot more limited work. The arrangements in Budapest were very practical, with the apartment just five minutes walk from the clinic. It was easy to get into central Budapest - no cost for someone my age; my wife accompanied me on two of the four visits and we had a great time sightseeing in this beautiful city.read moreDavid Gray14:53 04 Nov 19I had a fantastic experience at Vital Europe dentists and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a... change. I was searching for a new clinic when I came across their website and read their fantastic reviews, so I thought I'd give them a try. This was an excellent decision. Their prices are competitive and all of their staff, from office admin to dentists, were top class. Everyone was helpful, polite and accommodating all throughout my treatment process. The actual dentist treatment itself was hassle & pain free. I will most certainly be back.read moreSteve Smith17:18 22 Oct 19Vital Europe have always helpful and positive. My trips to Budapest have been most successful. After treatment it did... take a few weeks for all my teeth to settle down, my teeth were uncomfortable during this period. Now, all is well, and I am very pleased.read moreLorraine O'leary19:30 17 Oct 19I found the whole experience very positive. had four implants fitted and had to have bone restoration. The admin... staff are fantastic and so helpful and professional. The dental work was great (although yet to have my first check up after fitting). I would highly recommend staying in the vital europe apartments too.read moreAndrew Granath17:36 11 Oct 19They are magicians at Vital Europe. 2 years ago my teeth were in a very bad state and my self-confidence was very low... as result. Now in October 2019 my teeth look magnificent. I have been to the Budapest clinic 3 times, I was collected at the airport and my treatment has been impeccable and pain free even when I missed a day due to my flight being cancelled. 4 implants with crowns and 2 amazing bridges later I feel transformed. I have a check up and clean very 6 months at the London clinic and only wish that I had made the decision 5 years earlier. The added bonus has been that on each occasion we have stayed a few days extra at the very comfortable Vital apartment and had a short Budapest break. It is a marvellous city.read moreDaniel Tabiri15:36 02 Oct 19Always a pleasant visit to London/Budapest offices. Very professional and courteous staff in attendance. Dentists take... their time to explain and discuss treatment options tailored to your needs and budget.read moreCharlie Beenham22:02 26 Sep 19I have had work from Vital Europe on two separate occasions now, one a dental inplant carried out in the London office... and one a crown fitting also completed in London. Since coming to the office, they have been very welcoming and informative in how the process would work and really made it easy for me to cope with. They laid out time scales of the plans and they kept in touch and communicated with me very well to make sure I was happy with the work. All in all the experience has been very easy and would recommend to anyone looking to undergo any dental work. Thanks a lot Vital Europe.read moreJoel Wright09:22 26 Sep 19The best dental experience of my life. The staff are calm, polite and friendly and make all feel very welcome. The... dental practices in both Budapest and London are wonderful; professional, clean and comfortable. Great coffee too! The dental work I received, some gold inlays, is terrific. I remain tremendously happy with it still years after having it done. I would recommend Vital Europe to everyone.read morePaul Edmunds06:10 16 Sep 19After my initial visit to the London clinic I was most impressed with the professionalism and service of the company.... The same must be said for the Budapest office, it was great to see the same dentist and the programme for my dental work was just right.. most impressed with my results at a fraction of the the cost of having it done in the UK. Would recommend Vital Europe to anyone. Many Thanks Paulread moreJoslyn Urena20:27 12 Sep 19Great service! Not only did I appreciate their great customer service I received, both in the London office as well as... in Budapest, but I was also thankful for the time they took in explaining the different steps of the procedure. The customer rep that managed the account was in constant communication with me which made the overall experience that much more enjoyable.read moreBrian Travers11:35 30 Aug 19After searching through many UK dentist I was thoroughly depressed at the state of UK dentistry - expensive, unreliable... and low quality. Then I found Vital Europe -they are a highly skilled and professional outfit - way ahead of UK in offering a quality service. Their reassurance and professionalism inspires confidence in all of the treatments and they deliver on all that they promise. They are flexible too. I had my implants done at the London clinic as it was Winter and I feared disruption to English travel arranges for trains and airports. I then travelled to Budapest for five days to complete the crown and bridge work, staying at the Vital Europe apartment - so I had a very pleasant trip and received high quality treatment all at very reasonable prices. If you want quality treatment and a professional service I can thoroughly recommend Vital Europe - go for a consultation with them and you will see what I mean!read moreMike Staines09:37 22 Aug 19Vitaleurope was recommended by my mother, who was very pleased with her implants that were done in Hungary. I had one... implant done in London. It was straightforward and barely uncomfortable, and so far it's all good. The cost was better than my previous dentist quoted and the consultation process was professional. Check ups have been straightforward. The staff have been friendly and helpful throughout.read moreKanti Mistry10:36 20 Aug 19I had a bridge and 3 implants done. The whole experience over a period of 14 months was much better than my... expectations. The clinic in Budapest is a state of the art set up with professional and friendly staff. I am over the moon with my teeth and having saved more than 60% on the price in the UK, it was well worth using Vitaleurope, even allowing for flights and hotel costs! Strongly recommendedread moreLorraine Brown08:04 13 Aug 19I had 3 bridges and 4 crowns in Budapest and highly recommend Vital Europe. All my check ups are in London and they are... very professional and helpful. I used to have a real phobia about visiting the dentist until I followed a recommendation to try Vital Europe and I wouldn’t go anywhere else nowread moreMrRobbiesteph4806410:08 07 Aug 19I had a ruined smile and travelled to Budapest for some bridgework. Fantastic all round experience and so professional.... I have check ups in the London clinic which again is perfect. Have and would recommend Vital Europe as your first port of call. Thanks Vital.read moreDavid James09:27 22 Jul 19I had seven implants carried out in Budapest (with some preparatory in London) over ten years ago and was very... impressed with the standard of care and the efficiency of Vital Europe. I have visited Budapest once since for a repair and also had annual checks in London, which is of course more convenient for anyone living in the south east of England. I am happy to recommend them to anyone contemplating advanced dental treatment.read moreJohn Grant13:08 16 Jul 19It was not necessary for me to go to Hungary but my experiences of the London clinic were nothing short of excellent.... They are a well organised and efficient outfit. The new front tooth they gave me is a perfect match in shape, size and colour and their prices are much cheaper than I have seen elsewhere.read moreJohn Kelly11:50 12 Jul 19I had 4 implants and 3 crowns with a bridge done here. I did have a problem with the temporary crowns - I am allergic... to the material they are made from, but the dentists at VitalEurope were great. All in all it was a positive experience. I would recommend VitalEurope. P.S. Budapest is a cool city too. Well worth a visit.read moreJames Henry16:21 20 Jun 192 crowns refitted. Unable to travel due to work commitments, so dentistry performed in London. Was not 100% satisfied... with 1st set of crowns, so adjustments were made without issue. The modifications were perfect - immensely happy on seeing final result. Super professional & patient staff - would highly recommendread moreAlastair Gray14:59 10 Jun 19I have now had a vital Europe set of implant-fixed dentures for nearly six months and they perform flawlessly. The work... was carried out professionally and the dentist was able to work with existing implants. The next best thing to a mouthful of real teethread moreKevin Wilson11:14 07 Jun 19I found every member of staff, both in London and Budapest, friendly and most helpful. Possible language barriers was... an initial concern but after my first visit, these were fully put to rest. All staff , including the surgeon and dentists, were fluent in English, again in London and Budapest, and full information about the procedures and costs was provided well in advance and also at the time. The facilities were completely up to date, to my layman's eye, and spotlessly clean. I had a replacement filling, a bridge with false tooth right in the centre of my upper jaw, and an implant molar so i probably had a good variation of the treatments available would have no hesitation in using Vital Europe for any further treatment and i heartily recommend this dental practice.read moreConnie Wong08:54 10 Apr 19I had an molar implant done last year with Vital Europe. Because they have a London practice as well, having half of... the treatments (scans and checkups) done in central London and the rest in Budapest was very convenient. Customer Service was great - they answered my questions very quickly, and were very organised in dealing with the whole process. End to end, the whole process was actually almost a year because of the need to extract, prep the area, heal, have the implant, heal and then come back for final checks before having the crown put in. I went to Budapest twice during the year (once in summer for 4 nights and once again in December for over a week) and its hardly a bad place to have work done and go for a city break as well. The spas are great, and Budapest has everything you need, and its fairly cheap way to live - accommodation is cheap and to a good standard. The practice in Budapest is clean and customer service was to the same level as London. The process is long and requires scans, checkups etc and aftercare and I was worried I wouldn't take to the crown - after having a gap for so long, but it was fine. I'd definitely recommend them and also Budapest for a relaxing city break for hiking, cat cafes and spa days. All the best things really.read more