Bridgework

A bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth makes it easier to chew. It can improve your appearance. It also helps keep your teeth, gums, and jaws healthy. There are two main types of bridges: conventional and resin-bonded. A conventional bridge has one or more replacement teeth attached to crowns. The crowns are cemented over the natural teeth on either side of the space to be filled. A resin-bonded bridge has one or more replacement teeth attached to the back of nearby natural teeth using a metal or plastic strip and cement.

The Procedure

It will take two or more dental visits to prepare and fit your bridge.

Preparing Your Teeth

For a conventional bridge, the teeth on either side of the space to be filled must be reshaped. These reshaped teeth hold crowns that support the bridge. Limited reshaping is also necessary with the resin-bonded bridge. For either bridge, impressions of your teeth are taken. These impressions are used to make your bridge. This process takes several weeks. During this time, you may have a temporary bridge to protect your reshaped teeth.

Fitting Your Bridge

When your new bridge is ready, your dentist places it on your teeth and adjusts it until it fits and feels right. The bridge is then cemented or bonded into place. If you have any problems over the next few days, call your dentist. He or she can advise you what to do or make any other adjustments that may be needed.

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