What is a bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) restoration and is one way to replace missing teeth, helping to maintain facial shape, restoring chewing and speaking ability as well as and restoring your smile.

There are several types of bridges. If a bridge is the right solution for you, Dr. Anundsen will discuss the best options for your particular case. The "traditional bridge" is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontiac (an artificial tooth), filling (bridging) the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two to three weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your temporary bridge is removed and your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Dr. Anundsen may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

How well does a bridge work?

Dental bridges look very natural and can be customized to look and feel like real teeth. Bridges are highly durable and will last many years with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.