A bridge is a dental restoration that offers a solution to the common problem of missing teeth. Using the adjacent teeth as anchors, a bridge spans the space and effectively replaces the missing tooth. To ensure they are durable, bridges are commonly made from reliable materials such as gold alloys, porcelain and zirconia.
A bridge is very similar in concept and procedure to a crown. Both involve contouring teeth; making an impression of the teeth; having a dental laboratory fabricate a customized restoration; and fitting and cementing the restoration onto the teeth.
The difference lies in the amount of teeth involved. While crowns offer strength and support for individual teeth, bridges span the distance of typically 3 teeth, but possibly more. Ask your dentist, if you are a good candidate for a bridge.