Dental bridges are appliances used to help fill in the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Gaps in your smile can be hazardous to your oral health, as it can result in the teeth shifting or changes in your bite that can be painful. Bridges can help solve this by using the surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth, called a pontic, in the space where the gap is.
How it’s done:
A minimum of two visits to Port Orchard Dental Care Center are typically required to successfully place a dental bridge. At the first appointment, Dr. Karbassi will file down the surrounding “anchor” teeth so that porcelain crowns can fit over them. After this, an impression will be taken to send to the lab for creation of the permanent bridge and crowns. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth in-between visits.
Upon your return, we will remove the temporary bridge and place the final appliance received from the lab. We will adjust it for fit, but several visits may be needed to get the bite and fit just right.