Not only can missing teeth cause a loss of confidence, but this can also cause damage, such as decay, jaw pain, and shifts in alignment. A bridge is made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or ceramics, is used to replace one or more missing teeth, and can be supported by natural teeth or implants. A crown (cap) is created for the teeth (or on implants) on either side of the space to create a ‘bridge.’ The false tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns and fill the empty space.
Getting a bridge requires at least two visits. One visit to prepare the teeth and cover with temporary crowns and another to place the bridge.
With proper care and hygiene, the supporting teeth can remain healthy and the bridge can last five to fifteen years – if not longer!