A bridge is a fixed, NON REMOVABLE dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the bad appearance of a missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as changing the shape of your face and making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Bridges fill the space between two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. When in place, the fixed bridge will restore function and aesthetics to your mouth. The procedure usually requires two visits in our practice. The first visit will be preparing the two adjacent teeth for the connecting crowns. We will take an impression and place a temporary. At the final appointment, we will remove the temporary and bond the final restoration. The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, you should let us know. Caring for your bridge is just like caring for your own teeth. For more information on bridges or restorative dentistry, contact our office today.