Nothing affects your smile more than a missing tooth. Not only does a missing tooth look bad, it can cause your other teeth to shift. This creates an uncomfortable bite. A dental bridge replaces these missing teeth with false ones - called pontics. These false teeth depend on the surrounding teeth for support and durability.
You can choose from three types of bridges. The first, called a traditional fixed bridge, uses porcelain crowns to anchor the false tooth. The second, called a cantilever bridge, is used when the false tooth can only be anchored to one side of the gap. The third, called a resin-bonded bridge, uses metal and resin to anchor the false tooth to the support teeth.
Bridges require that you come in for at least two visits. During your first visit, the dentist prepares the surrounding teeth to support the false one. The dentist may file down the teeth to fit crowns. The dentist then takes an impression of the teeth and sends it to a special dental lab where your bridge will be manufactured. After this visit, you will be provided with a temporary crown.
During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the newly manufactured bridge. The dentist makes sure everything fits properly and comfortably. You may need to come back to check the fit.