A dental bridge is basically a fake tooth or hollow crown used to replace a missing tooth. The bridge is attached to the other teeth, connecting them together.
The procedure requires the teeth on either of the spaces to be first prepared by your dentist under local anaesthesia. On each of the adjacent teeth, a small part is trimmed away to make room for the supporting crowns to fit.
The dentist then takes an impression of the teeth with special dental putty and sends it to the dental laboratory to make the bridge and crown. A temporary bridge is usually fitted while the permanent one is being fabricated.
On your next appointment, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new permanent bridge will be evaluated for fit, color and match, and specially the way it affects your bite.
If everything is right, the new bridge will be cemented onto the adjacent teeth. Bridges can last up to 10 years with proper care.