Advanced tooth decay, gum disease and even extreme injuries to the mouth can cause the loss of multiple teeth. This can seriously compromise your ability to eat, speak clearly and in some cases impact your facial expressions. If you’re missing multiple teeth in one location in your mouth, your dentist might recommend you being fitted for a bridge.
For all intents and purposes, a bridge is a single piece of dental fixture that mimics the appearance and replaces the function of multiple missing teeth. This fixture is anchored in place by abutment crowns your dentist creates from the healthy teeth nearby.
In most cases your bridge replacement procedure will take two procedures. The first procedure involves removing most of the enamel from the two nearest teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor the bridge firmly in place
Your dentist will then create an impression of the area, including your bite pattern. They will then cover your two abutments with temporary crowns to protect them. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where highly trained technicians will create your permanent bridge.
The second procedure is much shorter than the first. The dentist simply removes the temporary crowns and cements your new permanent bridge in place.
If you are missing two or more teeth in one part of your mouth, or you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at 301-559-5435 to schedule an appointment.