A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  Unlike removable devices such as partial dentures, dental bridge work is cemented onto natural teeth or dental implants on either side of a missing tooth. These anchor teeth are called abutments. The replacement tooth — called a pontic — is attached to a dental crown on each abutment.  The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth.

A minimum of two dental visits are required to complete dental bridge work. During the first visit, Dr. Toth will need to prepare the abutment teeth so that the dental crown will fit over each leaving enough room in between for the replacement tooth. The second step in the dental bridge procedure is to take an impression. Dr. Toth will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is made.

To complete the dental bridge procedure, you’ll need to return for a second appointment. We will remove your temporary and the new permanent bridge will be put in place.