A dental bridge is used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored by two crowns which go over the teeth on either side of the gap. Known as “abutment teeth,” these crowned teeth are used to support a false tooth or teeth that sits in between them. These false teeth called “pontics” can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A Bridge may be needed in several different situations:
During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth to support the bridge. When your permanent bridge is ready, a second visit will be needed. During this visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new, permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted for proper fit. Once a comfortable fit is ensured, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place.