What Are Dental Bridges and How Are they Made?
Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Jan 11 2016, 10:26 AM
A dental bridge is a device used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth set between two crowns. The crowns cover the teeth on either side of the gap.
Bridges can either be fixed or removable. Fixed bridges cannot be removed, while removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned as needed. Both fixed and removable bridges can be used to replace one or two missing teeth. If three or more teeth need to be replaced, a fixed partial denture or implant-supported restoration can be used.
How are dental bridges made?
A dental bridge is three crowns fused together. First, the dentist prepares the teeth on both sides of the gap, removing some of the enamel to accommodate the crowns. Then, an impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab. The lab will use this impression to craft your dental bridge.