Bridging the gap.
Dental bridges can be a useful way to replace a group of decaying or missing teeth. A missing tooth with adjacent healthy teeth makes you a candidate for a fixed bridge. Even though all of the teeth of the bridge are physically connected, the final result makes it look like the teeth are individual and natural.
The procedure for having a fixed bridge is essentially the same as having a crown, only differing in the requirement of at least two supporting teeth. What can often cause confusion is the number of teeth needed for a fixed bridge. One missing tooth requires a three tooth bridge due to the support needed from the neighboring teeth.
Fixed bridges are typically made of porcelain with a metal sub-structure and require at least two appointments to complete. The first appointment is used to prepare and temporize the teeth. The second appointment is the delivery of the bridge and the completion of any adjustments. Occasionally a third appointment is needed if the dentist desires a framework try-in which often happens for bridges with a long span.
There may be a transition period of getting used to your new teeth. After a short period of time, usually a few days, your new bridge will begin to feel natural.