Bridges are permanent restorations which act to ‘bridge’ the gap between two healthy teeth.
Bridges are a long term solution that can help prevent the cycle of problems that occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting and drifting of remaining teeth, decay and periodontal bone loss. They are often used as an alternative to Dentures.
Bridges are a natural-looking artificial tooth that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, Bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
When a lost tooth is replaced with cemented bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one may be prepared as Crowns to serve as abutments, to hold the Bridge in place. This procedure usually takes two appointments to complete.