Missing teeth can be replaced by a dental appliance called a bridge (so named because it bridges a gap between teeth). A bridge is one or more artificial teeth, bracketed on either side by healthy, natural teeth with crowns. The two crowned teeth form anchor points for the bridge.
A bridge may also be referred to as a fixed partial denture. A denture is a set of false teeth, and a bridge is fixed by being cemented to the crowns on either side. It is not removable by the patient, as are some other types of dentures.
Custom-made, a bridge is indistinguishable from the natural teeth within your smile, and a proper fit ensures you can chew and talk comfortably.
Another way to attach a bridge is to install implants on either side of the gap and cover these with crowns.
At Markham Street Dental, we offer a choice of materials — ceramic or gold. Both are made with a layer of porcelain on the outside to give a natural appearance to the teeth.