The usual procedure involves placing crowns on the teeth on each side of the gap. These crowns are joined together with other crowns that act as dentures.
You will need more than one appointment to get a dental bridge.
Your dentist or dental practitioner will examine your mouth and treat any tooth decay or gum disease. You may need to take x-rays.
Your teeth and mouth will then be measured and examined to ensure the teeth that will support your dental bridge are strong enough.
Two healthy teeth will usually be filed on either side of the gap to prepare for the dental bridge. They will take a mould to create the bridge. You may be given a temporary denture while waiting for your permanent denture to be made.
When your permanent bridge is ready, you will have a second appointment to have it fitted. Dental cement is used to attach the bridge to the prepared teeth.
Your dentist or dental practitioner may consider anchoring the bridge with dental implants. Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. Your dentist will check if dental implants are suitable for you.
Resin and metal bridges can be used to replace your front teeth. Dentures are attached to a small metal frame. This frame is attached to the back of your teeth on either side of your gap.