A bridge is prepared just like a crown and is two or more crowns connected together. The tooth on one or both sides of the missing tooth is crowned and the missing tooth is replaced with a false tooth. A bridge is permanently cemented into the patient’s mouth and is treated just like natural teeth. It is not removable, which is the advantage over the removable treatments for missing teeth.
Bridges are recommended when a tooth is missing and surrounding teeth are in jeopardy of drifting to produce malocclusion and when there is compromise of bone support with periodontal complications. It is also indicated after an extraction when the tooth needs to be replaced in order to continue occlusion stability.