A dental bridge is a custom made porcelain tooth which is anchored to neighbouring tooth to replace a missing tooth/teeth. This porcelain tooth is called a dental pontic and usually is fixed between two dental crowns on the neighbouring teeth either side, thus bridging them together holding firmly in place.

What is Bridge?

Dental bridges are a special type of dental restoration appliance that helps to bridge gaps between teeth. These gaps can be caused by a number of things including missing teeth, or the natural space the patient is born with between their teeth. Commonly, a dental bridge will have a pontic (a prosthetic tooth) attached to it to replace a tooth that has come out for whatever reason. By bridging these gaps in the patient’s mouth, the normal functions of the mouth, including eating and speaking, can be restored.


  • Natural in appearance
  • Only two visits to the dentist
  • Good life period
  • Improve appearance
  • Bite and speech
  • Simple
  • Straight-forward
  • More affordable than a dental implant


When is a dental bridge needed?

Dental Bridges are recommended when there are one or more missing teeth that affect:

  • your appearance
  • your bite
  • your ability to chew
  • your speech
  • your dental health
Do i need to replace my missing tooth/teeth?

Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for many reasons;

  • To improve your appearance
  • To improve your ability to chew
  • To reduce the pressure on the teeth either side of the missing tooth
  • To prevent neighbouring teeth drifting/leaning into the space
What are the different types of dental bridges?
  1. Conventional dental bridge

This is the most common type of dental bridge and consists of a porcelain pontic fused between two porcelain crowns that are anchored on neighbouring teeth or dental implants.

2. Resin-bonded dental bridge

These are chosen when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth, or smaller spaces when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are healthy. The pontic tooth is made of is fixed to metal wings that are bonded to the neighbouring teeth hidden from view. Very conservative option.

  1. Cantilever dental bridge

These are opted for in areas such as the front teeth that are susceptible to lower stress, or smaller spaces. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth present on only one side of the space, where the false tooth is anchored to one adjacent tooth

What's involved?

First appointment:

The teeth on either side of the space are prepared by trimming away a small area under local anaesthetic and a dental impression is taken of the teeth, which will be used to make your dental bridge in the laboratory. The dentist will then help you select the right shade match for the dental bridge so it blends in with the natural shade of your own teeth.

Second appointment:

The temporary dental bridge is removed and the custom-made bridge is checked for its fit and appearance. Once you are happy, your dental bridge is cemented in place permanently, and treatment is completed.

How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges can last 10-15+ years or even longer, provided that you maintain good dental hygiene and eating habits.

We're Here to Help

Contact us today and get the best service.

Ciara O S
I have recently moved to Cronin Dental and I must say I'm really impressed. David is professional,kind and excellent at his job. He has done fantastic work on my teeth and I highly recommend him to everyone.
Ciara O S
Margaret O'Callaghan
David is really relaxed and makes his patients feel the same. I really hate going to the Dentist but David in Cronin Dental is really great and the experience is Pain Free.
Margaret O'Callaghan
An irrational fear of dentists had me going only when I was in serious pain and over the years(20 of them!!), it finally caught up with me. I just needed to bite the bullet, get my act together and go!! I started going to David and I found the experience very positive. First visit, I was in a cold sweat, my colour dropped!! But after a few minutes chatting through what options were available for me, I was in the hot seat and genuinely at ease. Terribly nice guy, very calm, reassuring and really good at what he does. Haven't had any pain or discomfort. So much so, David is now our family dentist and I am a regular visitor. A big turning point for me!! Thanks David.
Marie Casey
Would highly recommend Dave to anyone in search of a dentist. Every visit so far has been excellent and absolutely pain free. My teeth have never looked better after attending Cronin Dental and now, thanks to Dave, I have little to no insecurities regarding my teeth. Dave always goes out of his way to answer any questions I may have and is always extremely reassuring. Whole experience has been 10/10.
Marie Casey
Mary Kelly
*New PAIN FREE Treatment * It’s not that I love going to the dentist ???? but it is definitely easier when I know I’m going to Cronin Dental in Ballincollig. David is patient and pleasant, not to mention a great Dentist! AND - his new magic treatment has made cleaning and scaling so much easier! The sensitivity and soreness is gone! #Gamechanger He treats all the family - since they were small kids needing fissure seals to braces advice, through to routine dental and emergency visits. Highly recommended!
Mary Kelly
sharon mullally
Excellent dentist and gifted kids dentist. David is great with the kids, my 3 have no fear or issue going to the dentist...they actually enjoy going. He explains their treatment plan really well to them and me.
sharon mullally
Rob O'Riordan
Top class
Rob O'Riordan
Ian O'Sullivan
Never thought the kids would look forward to going to the dentist but Davids vibe has created that. He really knows his stuff.
Ian O'Sullivan
Sinead O Donovan
David is our family dentist and he's excellent. My kids love him and he has a great pain free technique. Highly recommend Cronin Dental.
Sinead O Donovan
021 4870152