A dental bridge is a dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored in place by attaching to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
A dental bridge relies on adjacent teeth or implants for support, while a dental implant is a standalone replacement for a missing tooth that is anchored in the jawbone.
There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges (which are anchored to natural teeth), cantilever bridges (which are anchored to a single tooth), and implant-supported bridges (which are anchored to dental implants).
The placement of a dental bridge typically involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the gap are prepared by removing some of the enamel to make room for the bridge. An impression of the teeth is then taken and sent to a dental lab to create the bridge. At the second appointment, the bridge is cemented into place.