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If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, extracted, or lost to severe tooth decay, it can have an adverse effect on our mouth in a myriad of ways. Beyond the simple loss of oral function, it can also cause you to slur your speech, affect your self-esteem and potentially lead to future orthodontic issues.

In many cases like this, your dentist, Dr. Debra Craig, will recommend replacing the tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Spokane, Washington, is essentially a replacement tooth that is bonded to crowns on each end to create a solid piece of dental work. Once it is cemented in place on the abutments made from the neighboring teeth, it will completely restore the full function of the affected teeth.

The process of installing a dental bridge starts by forming a pair of abutments on the two closest teeth. This is done by removing most of the enamel layer of the teeth, leaving only the healthy interior structures behind.

Your dentist will then take an impression of the abutments and any other relevant teeth. This will be sent to our professional dental lab to guide the technicians while creating your new dental bridge. Your dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each abutment to protect them while the lab technicians work.

A member of our staff will call you to schedule a second appointment once your new bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented firmly into place.

If you’re interested in replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge, you should call 509-467-1562 to schedule an appointment at Harmony Family Dental.