A dental bridge consists of a series of crowns that are attached together to fill the gaps created by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge can be the perfect solution. This isn’t just a cosmetic solution – if you’re missing teeth, the remaining ones will try to fill the gaps, and this can result in a bad bite.
A bridge is cemented to the natural teeth that are adjacent to the empty spaces. Then, replacement teeth, known as pontics, are attached to the bridge. Bridges can be made of either ceramic or porcelain, and made to match the natural color of your existing teeth.
Before a bridge is made, the teeth have to be made a bit smaller so that it will fit properly. The dentist will remove some of the surface of your existing teeth, and then take an impression which will be used to make a mold for the bridge. Dr. Spellman
will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear while the permanent one is being made. Then, when it’s ready, he’ll remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent one in place.