If a patient is missing one or more teeth, one of the options is getting a dental bridge. Dental bridges fill the empty space the tooth has created with one or more false teeth. The dental bridge is typically made of crowns that the dentist places on either side of the missing tooth.
The procedure typically consists of two steps that the dentist carries out over the course of two or more appointments. Firstly, the dentist removes some of the enamel and dentin of the tooth to make room for the crown. The dentist then takes impressions and scans of the patient’s teeth. The patient’s dental bridge is created in the lab. As the dental bridge is being created, the patient wears a temporary bridge to protect the exposed area. Secondly, the dentist places the permanent bridge and makes adjustments accordingly.