What is a bridge?

A bridge is commonly used to replace missing teeth by suspending one or more artificial teeth between anchor teeth on either side of the space.  A bridge can be made from alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.  Just like with crowns, Dr. Levine selects the appropriate material to be used based on the forces generated in the mouth and location of the missing teeth.

The treatment for a bridge may require 2-3 office visits.  During this time period, the patient is given a temporary bridge to replace the missing teeth. The average life span for a bridge is 10-15 years.  The success of any bridge relies on its foundation, including the anchor teeth, surrounding gum, and bone. It is very important to floss under the bridge and keep the surrounding teeth clean!