- Description: A bridge is a non-removable device used to replace missing teeth with artificial porcelain teeth. For a bridge to work, you must have healthy teeth on either side of the space to be filled. These healthy teeth will be crowned and the artificial teeth are suspended between them
- Reasons for getting a bridge: To improve chewing efficiency where teeth have been lost, and to improve facial esthetics by replacing missing teeth. Bridges can also be used to anchor remaining healthy teeth so that they do not drift into the empty space over time.
- What to expect at your appointments: This procedure usually involves two appointments.
First Appointment – Teeth on either side of the empty space are shaped for crowns. A putty impression is taken of the shaped teeth. A temporary plastic bridge is then created and temporarily cemented onto the shaped teeth. The impression is then sent to a laboratory where a custom bridge is created.
Second appointment – The temporary bridge is removed, the new custom bridge is checked for the correct fit and aesthetics, and is then cemented into place.