A bridge is a restoration that replaces the space where one or more teeth are missing. During the initial appointment, the teeth adjacent to the missing space or spaces are prepared to anchor the bridge. A mold or digital scan is made of the prepared area and sent to a dental laboratory. The lab creates a bridge using the mold or scan. Before you leave the first appointment, we will make a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth and replace the missing tooth. It usually takes between 2-3 weeks for the permanent bridge to be made. At your second appointment, the bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth. To prevent damage to your new bridge and supporting teeth, brush twice a day and floss once a day including underneath the bridge.
There are several materials available for bridges. These include metal alloys, ceramics, pocelain, or a combination of these materials. We want to create a bridge that looks and functions naturally. We will consider several factors such as color, your bite, and the shape of your existing teeth.