BridgeSince there are several types of bridges, you and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The most popular type is a permanent bridge and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and with proper care will last many years, however they may need to be replaced or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. A fixed bridge can fill space of missing teeth, prevent other teeth from drifting out of position, restore chewing and speaking ability and bring back your smile.

Getting a bridge may require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a mold is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge may be made and worn for several weeks until the permanent bridge is ready.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. Regular dental visits, proper brushing and flossing with help to extend the life of your new bridge.


Nehl Dental
19026 US Highway 85
Belle Fourche, SD, 57717

Telephone: (605) 892-3603
Emergency: (605) 210-2621
Toll-Free: (800) 611-8796