What is a Bridge?
A dental bridge is a natural-looking restoration that 'bridges' gaps left by missing teeth in your mouth.
Made up of one or more artificial teeth, the bridge is affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap to fill the space.
A bridge helps to prevent your other teeth from shifting positions to fill the space, which could lead to more serious dental issues including gum disease.
The Bridge Procedure
The bridge procedure generally requires two dental appointments. First, your dentist will clean and re-contour your teeth. They will then take impressions and have those sent to a specialized dental lab to begin creating your new dental bridge.
Once it's ready, your dentist will place your dental bridge by permanently bonding it to your existing natural teeth, implants, or crowns that have been placed for this purpose.
Why Dental Bridges May Be Used
Each dental bridge is customized to fit a patient's individual mouth. The precise fit gives your teeth a smooth, natural look.
Bridges can help restore the natural contour of your teeth, as well as the bite between upper and lower teeth.
A bridge may contribute to preserving your general oral health and your smile.