A bridge is a device that is attached to surrounding teeth via crowns. It can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. This process restores missing teeth and supports remaining teeth to keep them in their proper position.
Bridges are only an option if there is surrounding natural teeth. If there is no existing teeth next to the space left by a missing tooth then a dental implant can be used as a support for a bridge. A dental implant supported bridge is used if there are multiple missing teeth side by side.
Creating a bridge involves two appointments. At the first appointment a mould is taken using dental putty so that the new crown will fit perfectly with your existing teeth. A dental laboratory then makes the new crown. When a bridge replaces a missing tooth, a natural looking prosthetic tooth is made.
At the second appointment the new crown or bridge is fitted into your mouth using a bonding material that attaches it in place extremely strongly to ensure that it stays in place for many years to come.