Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. There are several types of bridges and the most popular are Traditional Bridges, Cantilever Bridges and Resin Bonded bridge also known as a Maryland bonded Bridge.
Traditional Bridges - Involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Cantilever Bridges - Are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not a very common practice and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Resin Bonded Bridges - Are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
During the first visit The abutment teeth are prepared. Dr. Smith will make a temporary bridge to to protect any exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being prepared. During the second visit the temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will adjusted to fit as necessary. This may take a couple visits and depends on each individual case. Once the bridge fits correctly, it will be cemented in.