A woman smiling at the dentist after receiving her dental bridge

What is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge is a fixed partial denture used to fill the gap where a tooth or a group of teeth are missing or removed. Fixed bridges are permanently bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, our doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel, dentin, and other tissue and bone. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. As for the parts of the bridge, the false tooth, or a pontic, replaces the lost tooth. Then there are the crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth to provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used for dental bridges?

Dental bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. When your bridge is made, the metal structure is shaped from your dental mold, made during your first appointment.

The metal is then coated with porcelain material to match your natural tooth color. That way, you never have to face embarrassing questions about how you got your tooth replaced.