What is a bridge?

  • Dental bridges replace missing teeth using adjacent teeth or dental implants for support.
  • The support tooth (called abutment teeth) receive porcelain crowns and are connected to a prosthetic tooth (called a Pontic) that replaces the missing tooth.
  • Dental bridges are not removable and are fixed in the mouth.

Dental Bridge Procedure:

  • The procedure is completed over two visits.
  • During the first visit for a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared.
  • Preparation involves re-contouring these teeth by trimming a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.
  • Next, impressions of the teeth are made. The dentist fabricates a temporary bridge.
  • The dental impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent bridge is fabricated.
  • At the final visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the final porcelain bridge is bonded to the abutment teeth.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge:

  • Restore and enhance the patient’s smile.
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak.
  • Maintain the shape of the face by supporting the lips and cheeks.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.