Losing multiple teeth in one area of your mouth can seriously compromise your ability to eat, as well as affect your speech and facial expressions. Without restoring the structure of the area the neighboring teeth will start to migrate towards the void, with the potential to cause even bigger problems.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth in one area your dentist might recommend that you are fitted for a bridge. This dental apparatus effectively replaces the function of the lost teeth, while also mimicking the appearance of natural teeth.
Being fitted for a bridge requires two separate appointments. At the first appointment the dentist removes the majority of the enamel from the two nearest teeth. This creates a pair of abutments that will later anchor the bridge firmly in place
Next, they create an impression of the area, including your bite pattern. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where highly trained technicians will create your permanent bridge. At the end of the procedure they cover the abutments with a pair of temporary crowns, meant to protect them in the interim.
The second procedure is much shorter than the first. The dentist simply removes the temporary crowns and cements your new permanent bridge in place.
If you are missing two or more teeth in one part of your mouth, or you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at 317-846-6188 to schedule an appointment.