Gorham Family Dentistry | Bridges in Gorham

Gorham Family Dentistry, P.A.

Edwin I. Giron, D.D.S.

High-quality, comprehensive dental care in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere

18 Park Street, Gorham, NH 03581 

info@gorhamfamilydentistry.com | (603) 466-2323


When there are one or two teeth missing in an area, they can be replaced using a Fixed Partial Denture, which is commonly called a bridge.

A bridge uses the teeth next to the open space to provide support for a tooth which fills in the space of the missing tooth or teeth for both cosmetic and functional purposes.  A bridge is permanently cemented in place and therefore functions more like your natural tooth than a removable option such as a partial.

A Bridge typically takes two visits to complete.  The teeth on either side of the missing tooth will be prepared as necessary to provide support for the bridge.  Impressions will be taken of the prepared teeth and the space.  A temporary bridge may be placed in the patients mouth.  The
impressions will be sent to a laboratory where specially trained technicians will create the bridge.  When the lab has completed the bridge, the patient returns to the office where the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be cemented.   

There are two types of bridges commonly used.  The patient and dentist should discuss the pros and cons of each in order to decide what the best solution is.

Maryland or Winged Bridge:
A pontic, or fake tooth,  is used to replace the missing tooth, but the adjacent teeth have grooves carved into the back of them in order to provide support.

Traditional Bridge:


The teeth adjacent to the empty space are prepared to be used as supports for the bridge that replaces the missing tooth.