Traditional methods to replace a missing tooth or teeth include the fabrication of a bridge. To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, at least one tooth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth must be prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth is joined to the crowns, and the entire structure is cemented to the prepared teeth. The patient cannot remove the bridge, and special aids are available to keep it clean.

It is important to replace missing teeth and maintain the integrity of your teeth.

The procedure:

Typically, a bridge procedure is completed in two dental visits. During the first dental visit, we will remove the decay, restore the damaged tooth with filling material, and reshape the teeth beside the missing tooth/teeth. A molded impression of the teeth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where a bridge is fabricated. You will go home with a temporary bridge. When you return to have the permanent bridge placed, we will check to make sure the margins to ensure smooth fitting with tight adjacent contacts. We will also check your bite to ensure that there are no occlusion problems. Once fitted, the bridge is cemented or bonded onto the teeth.


After your permanent bridge has been placed, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily and flossing with dental floss or interdental cleaners (specially designed brushes and sticks) once a day. It is important to floss underneath the bride and around the teeth that help hold the bridge. These practices will help remove plaque from the area, and help prevent dental decay and gum disease.

Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, since this could damage your crown. It is also important to avoid biting your fingernails and grinding your teeth, which could significantly shorten the life-span of your dental bridge. If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, we recommend you to wear a night-time occlusal guard to help protect your bridges while sleeping. A night occlusal guard should be fabricated with your own impression, not from any drug stores. The over-the-counter mouth guards are not designed for long-term wear, therefore they can change your bite.

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