Just as in architecture, a bridge spans the distance between two supports. In dentistry, a bridge spans the space created by a missing tooth and is secured by crowns attached to carefully prepared natural teeth on either side of the space or to implants on either side of the bridge. A high-quality prosthetic replacement fills the gap and restores your smile, confidence and function.
A bridge is the treatment of choice to replace a missing tooth when the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth are heavily broken down, decayed or require crowns for another reason. A bridge can be used to replace one or two missing teeth in a row.
The procedure for a bridge closely resembles that for a crown. Your supportive teeth, to which the crowns are bonded, are precisely reshaped so that when your bridge is secured in place it blends seamlessly in size and appearance with your surrounding natural teeth.