Bridges and Crowns
Restore Your Smile
A bridge is a fixed device in your mouth that replaces missing teeth with artificial ones. It looks natural — no one will know there was a gap where your bridge is now located.
Filling gaps where missing teeth were located is important to maintain the shape of your face and alleviate the stress in your bite by distributing the force of your bite correctly. Filling the gap with a bridge also prevents the remaining teeth from moving out of their natural position.
Do I need to get crowns with my bridge?
Yes, for a fixed bridge you do need crowns. The teeth on either side of the bridgespan are used as anchors and a crown is needed on each tooth to attach the bridge. The bridge and crown are all made of the same material—they will look like a row of beautifully matched healthy teeth.
How many visits will I need for my bridge?
Getting a bridge is usually a two-step, two-appointment process. A third appointment may be necessary if more time is needed to adjust your bridge before permanently cementing it into place.
At your first appointment:
- Two teeth—those being used to anchor the bridge—will be prepared for crowns by removing enough surface to make room for these crowns.
- Impressions of these teeth will be made and sent to the dental laboratory for the creation of the bridge.
- We will put a temporary bridge on your teeth to protect them.
At your second appointment:
- Your temporary bridge will be removed.
- Your new bridge will be checked and adjusted for fit.
- Your bridge will be permanently cemented into place.
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