Bridges

Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth if there are teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The two teeth are prepared for crowns, then a dental technician can fabricate a bridge with the missing tooth attached to the two crowns. This is all made in one piece to look like three separate teeth.

Depending on the difficulty of the situation it will take a minimum of 90 minutes in a dental chair to prepare the teeth for a bridge. An impression (mould) is taken of the prepared teeth and sent to a Dental Technician.
Two weeks later the dentist takes about 30 minutes to cement in the bridge. Your new bridge should last for approximately ten years as long as the supporting teeth stay healthy.

Bridges

Material Choice for Bridges

Metal Alone (high-noble or base metal). Longevity 10-20 years, tooth-colored, a moderate-to-high initial cost, may be used in any area where extreme stress or grinding habits are not present.
Porcelain Fused to Metal, mostly gold, also palladium or silver, occasionally platinum, zinc or copper.
Ceramic Non-Metal containing crowns. (anything over a three-unit bridge constructed from ceramic alone is not advisable). Longevity 10-20 years, moderate-to-high initial cost, may be used in any area where extreme stress or grinding habits are not present. Used when aesthetics is important.