Sometimes significant injury or decay can cause you to lose a tooth or necessitate an extraction. If your tooth is beyond repair and needs to be extracted, your dentist may recommend a bridge to replace the tooth.
The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared as crowns. These teeth act as the supports or “abutments” of the bridge. An impression is taken of the abutment teeth and sent to a lab, where the bridge is created.
The bridge consists of crowns for the abutment teeth which are connected to the replacement for the missing tooth (called the “pontic”).
The bridge is permanently cemented onto the abutment teeth, and the final result looks and feels like your natural teeth.