A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can help restore your smile by improving chewing and aesthetic appearance. A bridge is made by crowning the teeth on either side of the space, and placing a false tooth (pontic) between the crowns. Dr. Roberts will prepare the adjacent teeth, take an impression of the area, and then send it to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge.
An assistant will fabricate a temporary bridge that you will wear until you receive your permanent bridge. About three weeks later, you will return to our office and we will deliver your permanent bridge.
Dental implants are permanent, stable alternatives to bridges that do not rely upon surrounding teeth for support. Also, a partial denture is a removable appliance that can replace one or more missing teeth. These are typically less costly than the bridge or implant.
If you notice any discomfort or sensitivity after your new bridge is placed, please give our office a call. This usually indicates that the crown needs to be adjusted. This appointment is quick and easy, and doesn't require anesthetic.