A dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth that have resulted in a gap between remaining teeth. In addition to replacing missing teeth, bridges also prevent the teeth adjacent to the gap from drifting or moving out of position, which could cause changes in the bite along with other issues.
A bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap. Like crowns, there are many types of bridges that can be fabricated from porcelain, various metals or a combination of porcelain fused to the outside of metal.
Preparation for the bridge involves the removal of a small amount of tooth structure from the teeth on either side of the gap. A mold or impression of the gap and remaining tooth structure is then made and used by our dental laboratory to create the bridge.
The whole process usually requires two appointments.