Bridges are basically a series of crowns attached to each other. These crowns are called bridge units. Some of these units are hollow and will cap your existing teeth – these will serve as the supporting points of the future bridge. In between the hollow parts, there are dummy units that –just like the hollow ones- completely resemble natural teeth. During the preparation, your dentist will prepare your supporting teeth by filing off a small amount of the tooth material. Following this, an impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the fabrication begins. The dental technicians use tissue-friendly materials to create the base of the bridge that is in the later stages of manufacturing topped with multiple ceramic layers. When the bridge is ready for fitting , your dentist will fit the hollow units on your prepared teeth and cement it with a strong dental adhesive. The entire process ideally takes about 3 to 6 weeks depending on availability and the number of try-in appointments that may or may not be necessary during the process.
Bridges are strongly fitted, non-removable and are supposed to last for about 10-15 years with good maintenance and regular check-ups.