A bridge, also known as a fixed removable denture, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth, by implants or by a combination of both.
A traditional bridge is made by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth or teeth between the crowns. The crowns, sometimes called caps, can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns and fill the empty space.
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits, but often more. At the first visit we will prepare the teeth and with temporary crowns and may also make impressions of the teeth. The bridge is placed at later visits. On average, bridges last five to seven years.