A bridge is one way to replace one or more missing teeth. It is fixed in place and can be used to restore chewing and speaking ability, as well as the aesthetics of your smile and facial structure. Replacing the missing teeth also prevents other potential problems in the future, such as drifting of teeth. A bridge is comprised of crowns on each of the teeth on either side of the space with one or more pontic crowns (artificial teeth) attached to replace the missing tooth or teeth.
A bridge generally takes 2-3 visits. At the initial visit, the teeth on either side of the missing space will be shaped to allow for the crowns that will anchor the bridge. Impressions will be taken to send to the laboratory so that they can create a bridge customized to your teeth and mouth. A temporary bridge will be made for you to wear until the permanent bridge is ready to be cemented. The final appointment is to secure the bridge in place. Sometimes an appointment is needed in between to ensure the fit of the bridge before the lab adds the porcelain to the bridge.