A bridge is one of the treatment options to replace a missing tooth. A tooth is usually required on either side of the space upon which the bridge is supported. Fabrication of a bridge generally requires two appointments.
At the first appointment, the supporting teeth are altered for the bridge and a mold is made. A temporary plastic bridge is made at this appointment, which is cemented in place until the final bridge is ready.
The bridge is made by a dental technician using the mold. At the second appointment, the bridge is fitted into place. The color of the bridge, the shape and the bite are checked. This see-through image shows how the bridge fits over the supporting teeth.
When both you and your dentist are pleased with the fit, color, shape and bite, the bridge is cemented into place. This type of restoration generally provides an esthetic and functional result.