WHAT ARE DENTAL BRIDGES
A bridge can replace a missing tooth as long as there are strong healthy teeth on either side of it to support it. In some circumstances, only one healthy tooth on either side is required (called a cantilever bridge).
A conventional bridge involves your dentist placing a crown on both sides of the missing tooth, and a “fake” tooth in the middle, also known as the pontic. The crowns and pontic are joined together in one entire piece.
The process necessary to have a bridge made is very similar to a crown. Your dentist will spend ~90 minutes making enough room on the teeth for the crowns, then take an accurate mould of the area. This mould is sent to a dental technician who fabricates the bridge. The bridge is then cemented by your dentist ~2 weeks later.
As long the supporting teeth stay healthy and there is no further decay, a conventional bridge may last about 10-15 years.
Bridges are often made out of a combination of metal alloys and porcelain.
Your dentist will discuss with you multiple options for the type of bridge, in order for you to make the best decision you can.