A bridge can be described as two crowns placed on the teeth, surrounding a missing tooth space, with an adjoining "fake tooth" in the middle. It is made of porcelain and/or metal.
Fixed bridges can restore missing teeth to their natural form, function and appearance.
Two appointments are usually required:
At the first appointment:
- The teeth on either side of the space are prepared
- An impression is taken of the prepared teeth
- A temporary bridge is then placed, ending the first appointment
- The impression is used by a lab technician to make the bridge
At the second appointment:
- The temporary bridge is removed
- The permanent bridge (received from the lab) is cemented in place
Q: Do bridges require special care?
A: It is important to maintain good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing (please refer to our oral hygiene section to see how to clean under a bridge)