Manhattan Beach Dental Center
Contrary to what you might think, or what you might have been told, losing a tooth is more than an aesthetic issue. Your overall oral health can be seriously affected by the gap left when you’ve lost a tooth, regardless of whether the tooth has been lost due to trauma or tooth decay. A dental bridge is a permanent appliance that is used to replace missing teeth, keeping your remaining teeth from drifting out of place, and restoring your normal chewing and speaking abilities.
Assuming the teeth on either side of the gap are strong and healthy, your dentist will shape the anchor teeth and then make an impression of the gap. This will be sent to a dental laboratory, where your custom bridge will be made. You will most likely be given a temporary bridge to wear for the two to three weeks this may take. During your follow-up appointment, your dentist will fit your new permanent bridge and verify that they feel comfortable before cementing them into place.
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