As the name so aptly implies, porcelain bridges literally “bridge” gaps that can be caused by missing teeth. Bridges are comprised of two or more crowns placed over the remaining teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth, with a false tooth or teeth filling in the “gap”.


Who is a Good Fit for Porcelain Bridges?

For those with missing teeth and where implants are not a viable option, porcelain bridges offer an affordable alternative and effective solution.


Advantages of Porcelain Bridges

Dental grade porcelain is used for its uncanny ability to both replicate the function and form of the patient’s original teeth. The material is safe, effective, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing to look at.

Benefits of Bridges Include:

  • Restoration of your smile
  • Improving the ability to speak and chew
  • Maintain or restore the shape of your face
  • Equally distribute bite force
  • Reduce stress and tension on remaining teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment

Types of Porcelain Bridges Available


  • Traditional Bridges: the most common of bridges, this version involves the creation of a crown for your tooth or implant on opposing sides of the missing tooth, and with the placement of a false tooth in-between, filling the gap
  • Cantilever Bridges: Utilized as an option in situations when there are adjacent teeth only available on one side of the missing tooth/teeth.
  • Maryland Bonded Bridges: Also sometimes referred to as “resin-bonded”, these bridges utilize porcelain fused to metal.

Dental Bridge Process

Once a porcelain bridge has been determined as the best treatment option, your next visit will involve preparation of the adjacent teeth. This may involve contouring or removal of enamel in order to allow room for the placement of a crown. Impressions of the teeth are then taken and will serve as a 3D model from which the bridge and associated crowns and pontics will be created in the lab. Your dentist will likely provide a temporary bridge to wear during this time. During the last visit, your permanent bridge will be adjusted as necessary and fitted for use.