A bridge, or fixed partial denture, replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been.

What does the procedure for a bridge involve?

The procedure for having a bridge made is very similar to the crown procedure and requires 2 appointments. At the first appointment the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth (abutment teeth) are prepared as they would be for full coverage crowns and an impression of the area is made. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is fabricated from porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. During the second appointment the bridge is cemented onto the abutment teeth, connected by the new replacement tooth or teeth.