If you have multiple teeth missing in one part of your mouth, it can compromise your ability to chew food and could even influence your speech. If you don’t restore the structure in that area the surrounding teeth will gradually begin to twist and move to compensate for the void. In many cases like this your dentist can fit for a bridge.
A bridge mimics the appearance of natural teeth, while restoring the structure and function of your lost teeth. The process usually requires two separate appointments.
At the first appointment the dentist creates a pair of abutments by removing the majority of enamel from the two nearest teeth. Next, they create an impression of the surrounding teeth and your bite pattern. This is sent to a laboratory where your permanent bridge is made. At the end of the procedure they cover the abutments with a pair of temporary crowns, meant to protect them in the interim.
The second appointment involves the dentist removing the temporary crowns and cementing your new permanent bridge onto the abutments.
If you have lost two or more teeth in one part of your mouth, or you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at (209) 566-1986 to schedule an appointment.