Bridge: A bridge is an appliance permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth.
A bridge uses two crowns for the anchoring teeth (called abutment teeth). A false tooth sits in a gap between the abutment teeth and is attached rigidly to the abutment teeth. The false tooth is called a pontic. So in a bridge the abutment teeth support the pontic. The bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
An enamel-bonded bridge (minimal preparation bridge) uses metal or porcelain framework where artificial teeth are attached. The framework is then bonded to supporting teeth with resin. This type of bridge does not require removing much of the abutment teeth so is less invasive.
Depending on your missing teeth our dentists will advice you on what type of bridgework is best for you.