A fixed bridge is a natural-looking dental restoration that can replace one or several missing teeth. By using artificial teeth to connect to your natural teeth, it "bridges" the gap between your teeth. Since the fixed bridge is cemented into place, it allows you to chew and speak very similar to how you did with your natural teeth. Before recommending a fixed bridge, the dentist will evaluate your teeth on either side of the space to determine if they are up to the task of supporting the fixed bridge.
A fixed bridge often requires two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth on either side of the space and he or she will make sure there is enough space to support the strength and shape needed by fixed bridge. A mold (impression) of the teeth will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory by the dentist. Then, a temporary bridge will be made for you to wear until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed, and your teeth will be cleaned. Your permanent fixed bridge will be evaluated for spacing, color, and bite. The fixed bridge will then be cemented in permanently provided no additional obstacles have come up. Care instructions will be provided. Cleaning your fixed bridge with proper brushing and flossing techniques is important to ensure its long term health.
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