Bridges are simply multiple crowns, three or more teeth in length, connected together to form one chewing unit that fills a gap created by one or more missing teeth. The two teeth beside the missing tooth or teeth are prepared for crowns as the abutment teeth. The bridge is cemented onto the prepared natural teeth, just as a single crown, and typically lasts fifteen to twenty years if well maintained.
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. A mold is made which will be used to fabricate the new bridge. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
On the second visit, your temporary bridge will be replaced by the permanent bridge. Proper care, maintenance, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.