A bridge is a means of replacement for a tooth that is missing.
It is fixed to the natural teeth either side of the gap or occasionally it may be fitted to only one tooth.
Bridges can also be attached to dental implants (see page on dental implants).
Bridges are normally made of metal and porcelain or just porcelain.
What will my dentist do?
Initially the teeth either side of the gap will be shaped. An impression is taken and sent to a laboratory for casting.
These impressions are made into models which are then used by the technician to make your bridge.
Sometimes while the permanent bridge is being made, a temporary bridge is fitted.
The final stage is the fitting of the bridge which is done using dental cement.
The appearance of bridge work is usually excellent and avoids having to wear a partial denture.