Bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth; they are NOT removable but cemented in place. The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore function and aesthetics. They are made from porcelain, gold or a combination of these materials. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics.
Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments. When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental lab to make the bridge. At your next visit, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement it in place.