A Bridge is sometimes used to replace a single tooth, or set of teeth. A bridge consists of a false tooth, called a pontic, and the anchors (abutment crowns) that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth or teeth. If necessary, the neighboring tooth structure is removed, shaping the patient to receive an anchor crown. An impression is subsequently taken and sent to a dental lab where the bridge is then fabricated.
The structure of the bridge is created with a strong, metal alloy that can handle the anticipated stresses brought on by the patients chewing style.
Tooth-like porcelain is then fused to the structure. Once the bridge is tested for a correct fit and bite, the anchor crowns are cemented to the neighboring teeth.