When a tooth is missing, a 3-Unit Bridge may be considered. This option allows for the patient to return to comfortable function and improves esthetics within 2-3 visits.
During your first visit, the teeth adjacent to the space are shaped and prepared. One tooth on each side of this space will be used as support, sustaining a false tooth in place of the missing tooth. An impression is then taken of the prepared teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication of a bridge that fits the patient perfectly. The patient is then able to return home with a provisional bridge temporarily cemented in place, holding the prepared teeth in a stable position and providing a temporary tooth in place of the missing tooth.
At the following visit, the permanent bridge fabricated of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal will be tried in and permanently cemented. Patients are often pleased with this option because it does not require daily removal, can be cemented permanently, and can appear very natural.
Alternatives treatment options that may also be considered when a tooth is are Removable Partials or Implants.