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When tooth loss occurs, there are several options to replace that tooth. One of the options that may be recommended would be a dental bridge (fixed partial denture). A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is permanently held in by healthy teeth on both sides of the space with a false tooth in between.

There are many important reasons to replace a lost tooth as soon as possible. Tooth replacement can regain esthetics and function but also prevent future problems. When one or more teeth are lost, remaining teeth can drift and lead to bite changes, decay, gum disease and additional tooth loss.

Bridge Fabrication:

  1. Mould is made of your teeth for fabrication of temporary bridge later in procedure. If a porcelain bridge is to be made, a shade photo is taken. This photo is used by the lab to fabricate a bridge that will match your natural teeth.

  2. Freezing (local anaesthetic) is given to numb the teeth for comfort during procedure.

  3. Depending on amount of healthy tooth structure remaining, a post and build-up of your teeth may be required prior to filing down your teeth.

  4. A tooth on each side of the space is filed down for a crown.

  5. A mould of the filed down teeth is made. This mould is sent to the laboratory for fabrication of a bridge.

  6. Using the initial mould, temporary crowns are made to fit over your filed teeth. These temporary crowns are a replica of your original teeth.

Second Visit

Once the bridge is fabricated at the laboratory:

The dentist takes off the temporary bridge. The bridge is checked for fit, bite, shape and color. Once deemed acceptable, the bridge is cemented permanently into place. Your teeth will look and work very much like your natural teeth. This visit may require freezing.