A fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation. This creates a literal “bridge” between the remaining teeth and the missing teeth. The bridge restores your bite.
Why Do I Need a Bridge?
When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt into the empty space. If the tooth lost is on the lower jaw the upper teeth may drop down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your remaining teeth.
Teeth that have tipped are harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay, dental filling and gum disease.
On the first visit Dr. Kuske will prepare the teeth on both sides of the space. Dr. Kuske will get you nice and numb so that you will be comfortable through the entire procedure. Once you are numb she will come in and reduce the size of both teeth so that there is room for the lab to make your new bridge. An impression will be made so the lab has an exact replica of your teeth. Your temporary dental crown will be cemented. The impression will be sent to the lab where they will hand make a bridge to perfectly fit your mouth. They will make it out of the material that you and Dr. Kuske chose.
In about two weeks your bridge will have been made and is ready to cement. At this appointment your temporary will be removed and your new bridge will be placed. We will take and x-ray and examine the bridge to make sure it has a perfect fit. Then it will be cemented. We will make sure the bite feels great and the tooth crown is polished.