When a tooth is lost or missing, dental bridges are one way of restoring the look and function of your teeth. Unlike implants, which replace the missing tooth individually, a dental bridge utilizes the teeth next to the missing one to literally “bridge” the gap.
The teeth next to the gap are prepared for abutment crowns, which will hold the bridge in place. An artificial tooth (or teeth) called a pontic is placed in the space to fill the gap. Every traditional dental bridge is a minimum of 3 units (the two abutments and one pontic). The units of the bridge are connected and cemented to the teeth as one piece.