If you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. McArdle may recommend a fixed (permanent) bridge. Just as it sounds, a “bridge” spans a gapped area in your mouth with a structure that mimics your own teeth. A bridge is more than an aesthetic solution, it aids in proper alignment, function, and with dental occlusion or bite. When gaps are left by missing teeth, remaining teeth tend to shift causing a host of secondary problems, including bite and jaw issues. Like crowns, bridges are another form of indirect reconstruction, fabricated in a laboratory and permanently cemented in place. Unlike a crown a bridge is cemented to the surrounding teeth rather than placed over a single tooth. As with crowns, bridges can be made from a choice of materials, including metal, porcelain, or ceramic. The process for a bridge is very similar to a single crown, involving more than one visit and the placement of a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being made. If a bridge is indicated, Dr. McArdle will work closely with you to discuss the best material options and create a detailed treatment plan based on your individual circumstances.