A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the natural teeth on each side of the gap.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a dental treatment designed to replace a missing tooth. People loose teeth for various reasons and replacing them to restore function as well as aesthetics can be beneficial to them.
A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. With a bridge the adjacent teeth next to the gap are prepared to accommodate the bridge. The preparation is similar to that of a crown. To these two crowns a pontic or dummy tooth is attached.
Bridges are generally made of porcelain, zirconia or porcelain fused to metal combination.
Generally bridges involve two visits. The first visit is when the tooth is prepared and a putty impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed on the teeth.
The second visit normally after two weeks is the insert appointment when the bridge gets inserted/ bonded to the tooth.
When a patient is unable to replace a missing tooth with an implant and is looking for a fixed option that does not involve dentures a bridge is the next choice of treatment.