A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by missing tooth or teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially dangerous to your oral health, and it can also cause teeth to shift, leading to a change in your bite that could be painful. Dental bridges alleviate this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is. Typically, porcelain crowns are put on the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth is fused between them.
How it's done
A minimum of two visits are required for a dental bridge procedure. There are three steps in the first visit. First, the surrounding teeth are prepared to be fitted with crowns. Second, an impression is taken of your teeth so that a laboratory can prepare the bridge and crown. Finally, Dr. Cozzi fits the teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them while the permanent bridge is being made at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the new bridge is fitted and adjusted. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit.