Dental bridges are the most conventional way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth serve as anchors to support the bridge. Teeth on either side of a space (called abutment teeth) provide strength to support a non-removable replacement tooth or teeth (called pontic teeth). Bridges are made from metal and porcelain, alloys, gold, or zirconia to provide strength and durability.
The process of creating a bridge begins by preparing your existing adjacent teeth for the bridge attachments. These teeth are recontoured to allow room for the restorative material. After the preparations have been completed, an impression of the area is taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use this mold to fabricate a bridge which will fit the area and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
While we wait for the lab to fabricate the custom bridge you will usually wear a temporary bridge. This will protect the prepared teeth, hold the space and look similar to the finished product. When the bridge has been returned from the lab, your visit will involve trying in and adjusting the bite. Upon approval, it will be cemented or bonded in place.
Well-constructed bridges on strong teeth can be very long-lasting with proper maintenance and follow-up.