Michael Luzuriaga, DDS, MAGD & Lyndsay Kuzmak, DDS, FAGD | Bridges in Westminster MD

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Michael Luzuriaga, DDS, MAGD, ABGD

Lyndsay C. Kuzmak, DDS, FAGD

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry


Bridges

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing.

The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached.  The existing teeth on either side of the space are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge.  After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken of the area, which is then sent to a dental lab.  The lab is able to use the impression to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.  The bridge consists of a crown on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to fabricate your permanent bridge.  This will protect the abutments and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.  When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to cement the bridge in place.

If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced.  Besides the esthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to the alignment of your teeth, as well as make it difficult to eat or speak properly.

Bridge Preparation

Bridge in Place


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