If you’re missing more than one tooth, a bridge can be used to replace up to two side-by-side missing teeth and give you back a natural smile. Caps or crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the open space and the missing teeth are connected to the crowns and held in place. Not only will your bridge look natural, but you will have trouble distinguishing which teeth are bridged and which aren’t. Keeping your bite stable will ensure that your teeth remain strong and healthy.
A dental bridge is made with a metal or ceramic substructure for strength with porcelain on top so that it looks just like a natural tooth. Dr. Ranu will prepare or shade the teeth that will hold the bridge. The teeth are then shaped on the top and sides to allow the bridge to fit comfortably with your bite. An impression of the shaped teeth is sent to the lab where the bridge is made. A temporary bridge is placed to cover your prepared teeth until your permanent bridge is ready.
At your insertion appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is checked for fit, bite accuracy, colour and aesthetics. Once all necessary adjustments are made, the bridge is cemented in place.