Question: What is a bridge?

 

Answer: A bridge is a permanent dental restoration that replaces one or more teeth. It is permanent in that it is permanently glued in and cannot be taken in and out of the mouth like a denture. It often follows after a hopeless tooth has been extracted(removed). To put in a bridge, I have to prepare and reshape the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. The bridge consists of the replacement tooth and two crowns (caps) on each side. The crowns will fit over the prepared teeth to support the replacement tooth. This typically requires two appointments and you will be placed in temporaries at the end of the first appointment until the lab fabricates your bridge. While this is one way to replace missing teeth, there are other ways to replace missing teeth such as removable partial dentures and implants.

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