A dental bridge is a dental appliance that is an ideal way to replace a missing tooth or a few teeth next to one another. There are many types of bridges available with each having pros and cons for different cases. Your dentist will be able to advise and recommend the best option for you based on an examination.
The most commonly used type of bridge is a fixed bridge made from porcelain fused to metal. The metal portion helps to restore a strength comparable to a natural tooth, while the porcelain is an ideal material to mimic the natural hue and shine of a natural tooth. In order for porcelain fixed bridges to stay in place, it requires two neighboring healthy teeth to use as anchors. A dental crown is used to affix the bridge to these teeth, which keeps the bridge locked in its ideal position.
Reasons to consider a fixed bridge:
Similarly to a dental crown, a fixed dental bridge requires at least two visits. A mold is taken of the area during the first visit, which allows the dental bridge to be custom made at a laboratory. When it is complete, it can be installed in the mouth, and your dentist can make any necessary adjustments.
Dental bridges are highly durable, but may occasionally need to be re-cemented or replaced to due wear.