A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. However, the alternative answer might be replacing the missing tooth with an implant. There are many factors to consider that we can discuss.
There are several instances where the traditional bridge is still the most appropriate solution. Technology has made it possible to create short span bridges using a white carbon fiber framework covered with tooth-colored porcelains. These truly mimic (or improve upon) the beauty of natural teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. This might be another factor to be considered when choosing an implant rather than a bridge.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
How many visits will I need to have my fixed bridge?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. At the end of the first visit you will leave with a temporary bridge that closely duplicates what the look and the bite of the final bridge. We usually use photographs and models of the temporary to show the laboratory exactly what we want for the final bridge.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be bonded and the bite adjusted. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment but usually can start using the new bridge that same day. We usually take photographs again to send to the lab to show them the nice results of their work.
Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.