Also called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces a missing tooth by connecting adjacent teeth and/or implants. Bridges can be fabricated from gold, porcelain or a combination of the two. Essentially, the gap or edentulous space between teeth is replaced by a false tooth or teeth (called a pontic).
Not all edentulous spaces are optimal for a bridge. Ideally, the teeth adjacent to the space being restored must be structurally sound to support the bridge, and the space cannot be too wide. If a bridge is not feasible, we can recommend other options such as implants or a partial, removable denture.