Bridgework Replaces Missing Teeth
A bridge is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth, by a combination of teeth and implants or just by implants. A traditional bridge is made by creating a crown for each tooth on both sides of the space and placing a false tooth between the crowns. The crowns can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. When the crowns are placed, the false tooth fills the space left by the missing tooth or teeth.
If the teeth receiving the crowns are healthy and strong, they probably will not need root canal therapy. However, parts of the teeth will be removed so the crowns will fit. Traditional bridges are made either of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or ceramics.
Restorative Care: Bridgework