A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance, and is a great way of replacing missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, and your dentist will consult with you to determine the best type for your unique need. The most popular is the “traditional bridge”, which is made of porcelain that’s fused to metal. It consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (called abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth). The pontics form the bridge section, filling the gap where the missing tooth or teeth are, while the abutment teeth are the supports for the bridge.
The procedure for getting a dental bridge usually requires two visits. During the first visit, the teeth are numbed, and the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing enamel so that the crown can fit over them. A high fidelity mold (impression) is made, which is then sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated. A temporary bridge is made and put in the place of your missing teeth until your next appointment. During the second visit, your permanent bridge is checked, put in place, adjusted and cemented for a proper fit. There are times when your dentist may temporarily cement the bridge to allow your teeth and gums to get used to the new bridge. If this is the case, your bridge will be permanently cemented at a later date.