How Are Bridges Done?
If you need a bridge to replace a missing tooth (or teeth), your dentist will follow a few specific steps to fit you with the prosthesis.
First, your dentist files down the 2 teeth surrounding the missing tooth to prepare them for the bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth to attach the bridge to, you may need to have dental implants surgically placed. The teeth or implants act as anchors to hold the bridge in place.
Your dentist then makes a model of your teeth by making impressions (or moulds) using a special dental putty. This mould is used to custom-make the bridge. The bridge consists of 2 crowns that fit over the implants or natural teeth and an artificial tooth in the middle as one solid piece.
Your dentist then places a temporary bridge over the missing tooth to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your custom bridge is being made.
Once your custom-made bridge is complete, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with the custom one.