A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in your bite that can be painful. Dental bridges help alleviate this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is.
What to expect
A minimum of two visits are required for placing a dental bridge. Visit one has three steps. First, the surrounding teeth are prepared to be fitted with a crown. This may include shaping the tooth so that the crown can fit over it. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the bridge and crown. Finally, a temporary bridge will be made that you will wear until the final bridge is cemented.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge received from the laboratory is fitted and adjusted. The bridge is then cemented permanently.