A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth or teeth
. It is a fixed option for replacing the space (like an implant) meaning it stays permanently in your mouth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A lot of the information about crowns
is very relevant here since the classic bridge is two crowns for the teeth either side, attached together via a fake tooth in the middle. Bridges do however, possess some additional considerations in the treatment planning phase: tooth preparation, the choice of material and how we care for them afterwards.
There are different designs and styles of bridges
, but essentially they all use the teeth either side (or an implant) to hold a pontic (dentist speak for ‘dummy tooth’) in the gap to restore your smile and bite.
You may hear it sometimes referred to as a 'fixed partial denture'
but I don’t feel this is a fair description personally. Denture suggests to me, something than can be taken in and out, so having a fixed one seems like an oxymoron.