A dental bridge is a method of replacing missing teeth. The bridge is a restoration that is cemented into place and thus is not taken in and out of the mouth. A bridge is made of two parts, an abutment or the piece that fits over the prepared, anchor teeth; and the pontic or the false tooth of the bridge. There are different types of bridges and all will be discussed as an option, but typically the teeth on either side of the space are prepared for crowns. The false tooth of the bridge is then soldered or bonded (depending on the material used) to the two crowns creating one unit. The bridge is then cemented to the anchor teeth much like a crown is on an individual tooth.
A bridge is done in two visits. During the first appointment the abutment (anchor) teeth are prepared, impressed, and then a temporary bridge is fabricated. The second appointment the final bridge is placed, any necessary adjustments made, and is cemented in place.
The dental bridge is an excellent, cost effective (in comparison to implant therapy) treatment alternative for replacing missing teeth. As with all dental restorations, bridges may need replacement after a period of time due to decay or normal wear and tear.