A bridge is one method of replacing missing teeth. A bridge attaches to the teeth on both sides of a space where a tooth or teeth are missing. There are certain requirements in order to be a candidate for a bridge. The teeth on either side of the space must be in good condition and strong enough to support a bridge.
The space in between the teeth cannot be too great. Usually, a bridge can only replace one or two missing teeth. A dental drill is used to remove a small amount of tooth structure off the top and sides of the teeth that the bridge will attach to. This is very similar to the manner in which a tooth is prepared for a crown. An impression is then taken and used to make a stone model that is an exact duplicate of the teeth in the patient’s mouth.
The laboratory then fabricates the bridge in a manner that makes it look like there is no missing tooth. The bridge is then cemented or glued permanently in the patient’s mouth. A bridge does not come in and out of the patient’s mouth.
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