There are several types of bridges and your dentist will be sure to share with you all of the available options for your situation. Porcelain fixed bridges, also known as “traditional” bridges, are the most popular. The “traditional” bridge is a non-removable appliance made of porcelain fused to metal that is used for replacing missing teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns cemented over two anchoring teeth known as abutment teeth. These are then attached to artificial teeth, known as pontics, that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Setting a bridge in place requires two or more dental visits, depending on the specific circumstances of each patient. The dentist will numb the teeth and prepare the two anchoring teeth to receive the crowns that will lock the bridge in place. Once the teeth are prepared, a mold will be taken for the dental laboratory that will fabricate the permanent bridge. The dentist will then cement a temporary bridge in place to be worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
On the second visit, the dentist will carefully check, adjust, and cement the permanent bridge in place. Once this process is complete, the dentist will permanently cement the new bridge in place.