A dental bridge is one of several ways to replace missing teeth.
All types of bridges make use of the teeth next to the space created by a missing tooth or teeth. However, there are several different types of bridges. A “traditional bridge” is the most common type and is usually consists of two crowns that go over the teeth next to the open space, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is most useful when the teeth next to the open space already would benefit from being covered and protected by crowns.
A "Maryland Bridge" is alternative to a traditional bridge. It is most useful when the teeth next to the open space do not need to be covered and protected by crowns
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
When an implant is not an option due to lack of adequate jawbone.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability and restore the appearance of a smile.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a traditional bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for the crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.