Ridgewood Dentistry

Bridges

Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.

When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side.

Initially, the dentist prepares the teeth on each side of the space to receive crowns and makes an impression of the entire area.

Next, the dentist fits a temporary or transitional bridge.

In a subsequent visit, the dentist places, adjusts and cements the fixed bridge.

This whole process may take from four to six visits.